Damaged Visions

1991, 9 min, color, sound

One of his most personal tapes, Damaged Visions reflects Gorewitz's visit to Eastern Europe in June of 1990. Travelling with multimedia artist Warner Wada, he collected images in Sighet, Romania, where Gorewitz's grandparents lived and his mother was born; Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland; and Budapest, Hungary. Using specialized computer video visualization systems with his original Video 8 footage, Gorewitz achieves a powerful synthesis of past and future in each of these locations. The Gulf War becomes a subtext, contextualized by a quotation from the Bible: "They have healed the wounds of my people lightly, saying, 'peace, peace,' when there is no peace."