This paper examines the problem of history as a traumatic void in the work of the visual artist Ilya Kabakov, focusing in particular on Jewish history in so far as it relates to the story of Jewish fathers and sons in Kabakov's 2004–2005 installation 'The Teacher and the Student: Charles Rosenthal and Ilya Kabakov'. For this installation, Kabakov created a fictitious forerunner, Rossenthal, a fictitious alter-ego of himself, and a fictitious disciple, Igor Spivak. The paper asks to what extent Kabakov's installation, a form of alternative history, fills in or reproduces the gaps of Soviet historiography when it comes to Jews.
- ALTERNATIVE HISTORY
- MOSCOW CONCEPTUALISM