Texture of Oblivion
HDV Video, 16/9, 18 min, b&w+color, sound, Warsaw, 2016
The film begins with footage of a city of ruins, when the entire cityscape of Warsaw is covered with stones.
It is 1945.
Themed around stones as carriers of historical memory, the movie is so closely filmed that the viewer can never see the city's memorials in their entirety.
Special attention, though, is paid to the author of the Umschlagplatz Wall, a monument located in the former Ghetto.
Hanna Szmalenberg is explaining the process of realization of the Umschlagplatz as the camera winds through a snow-covered sculpture garden.