Yaacov Chefetz / Hans Journey

10.11..2017 – 19.11.2017

Hans Journey, 1940-45

Hans Kun was born in Poznan in 1913 to a young couple from Berlin. She was Jewish. The German side, since the father was killed in the war, requested that the delivery will be in Poznan. From that moment on the complex story began. Hans grew up in an orphanage. Graduated in Warsaw and in 1936 he went to Palestine-Israel to establish a Kibbutz in the West Galilee. In 1940, just a short while after establishing the Kibbutz, Hans joined the British army as a fighter, with which he entered Berlin to search for his family root. As a British soldier, he first fought in the African desert and Egypt, and then moved to Europe, Italy. He ended up this long and tough journey in Berlin in year 1945. All these years as a soldier, Hans was about finding his mother in Berlin whom he never saw. Hans missed her. She was sent to Auschwitz and murdered just a short while before the end of the war. During the long Journey from Egypt to Berlin, Hans collected Art Postcards, thousands of them, probably, a solace to his feelings as a lonely and abandoned child, and to be separated from his reality.
In 2006 I made my first attempt "To join Hans". I used a photo paper and painted over it with industrial colors within a limited time of its exposure to light, parts that disappeared in the fixation was attached to time. I created "My own Postcards" as fellow to Hans' journey - some were a copy from the original postcard, and others were my own image of seeing Hans in the "space" I created. My join to Hans next to his postcard collection symbolizes a unique Human Being.
In 2012 I picked up old books and other documents from Hans' bequest and used my phone camera to make photos that, then, I arranged collection of one event, namely: "Hans was there". "Hans' Journey" leaves many questions for which we will never get answers. A major question arises from this unique journey as to how art functions in our existence, or what is the function of art in our existence.

Yaacov Chefetz 20017


Project is subsidized by Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.





photo © Paweł Hartman