kontort project space
I knew, but didn't believe it and because I didn't believe it, I didn't know

On View: February 18 to March 25
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 18 from 2 to 5 p

  Claude Lanzmann,  Le rapport Karski , documentary film (still),   48 minutes, 2010

Claude Lanzmann, Le rapport Karski, documentary film (still), 48 minutes, 2010

Artist Statement:
In 2010, Claude Lanzmann's film, The Karski Report, was released. It is comprised entirely of an interview with Jan Karski, an official in the Polish resistance during World War II, whose testimony in Shoah (Lanzmann's seminal film from 1985) remains unforgettable. The Karski Report outlines Karski's desperate attempts to convey the unimaginable events to the West from occupied Poland. Did he succeed?

I knew, but didn't believe it and because I didn't believe it, I didn't know goes back to one of the most critical moments in diplomatic history to examine this question.– Ido Govrin (2017)

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Artist Biography:
Ido Govrin (b. 1976) is a multidisciplinary artist and scholar whose practice includes sound, installation, printmaking, and text.

Govrin has studied art and philosophy in Israel, Holland and Canada. He holds a BA in philosophy from Tel-Aviv University (2012), a MFA from the University of Toronto (2014), and is currently a PhD candidate at Western University (Canada).

Recent solo exhibitions include Silent Maps (2016), To return to a place, is, like dying (2015), and Vaalbara (2014). He regularly exhibits across North America, Europe and Israel.

In addition to his work as an artist, he has curated a series of five contemporary art exhibitions under the title Laptopia (2005-11) and the group exhibition Mother, Ravens! (2012). Between 2008 and 2012, he was the director of the Musica Nova ensemble, which has been at the forefront of Israel’s experimental music scene since the 1980s. Govrin has released two full-length studio albums, Moraine (2010) and The Revisit (2011), as well as various other EPs. Since 2005, he has run the record label Interval Recordings.

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