Q/A Yael Bartana

Can documentary communicate the truth?

"To ask whether documentary can communicate the truth is frst of all to suppose that there is such a thing as one single truth which can be communicated by any means at all. Every person, every situation and every place involves multiple truths, and I believe it would be wrong to expect a film to present an ultimate one. The question can be put differently: Can a documen­tary, or a work of art more generally, commu­nicate or reveal a certain truth, or simply chal­lenge what is believed to be a truth? …"

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YAEL BARTANA is an artist based in Israel and Berlin.