From Caligari to Jud Süss
Portugal, 2019, SD video projection, sound, colour/B&W, 1:27:00, loop.
Starting from a coincidence of actors in several films, in this work,
I merely intersperse the original editing of “The Cabinet of Dr.
Caligari”, a tinted silent film playing in unreal sets, with cuttings in
black and white of the later sound films “Jew Süss” and “Jud Süss”,
two versions linked by their main actors, now in opposing fields. And
while Conrad Veidt meets an early death in Hollywood, during the
war, honors are bestowed upon Werner Kraus, who visits Hitler in
Berchtesgaden, and is exempted, by his acting talents, from having to
fight in the German army.
This work of re-assembly also aims to focus on the vital and always
current issue of the artist in the face of political power and their part
in the culture of a State and in what it represents. To what length
should the artist comply and what are the limits of their conscience
and, therefore, of their responsibility?