In 2012, Yael Bartana exhibited her video trilogy …and Europe will be stunned at the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. The trilogy included the films Mary Koszmary (Nightmares) (2007) and Mur I Wieza (Wall and Tower) (2009), as well as a third and final part, Zamach (Assassination) (2011). This trilogy marks Bartana’s most ambitious project to date in which she brings to life an imagined narrative of history through a call for the Jews to return to Poland and the subsequent Jewish renaissance in Poland.
The 7th Berlin Biennale addressed the question of how art can allow citizens to influence reality and foster critical attitudes in society. Both the activists from movements as well as the participating artists tried to position themselves in relation to concrete political and social concerns in order to contribute to the situating of art within the field of contemporary politics.