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Daria Martin: Tonight the World

Jun 27, 2019–Feb 19, 2020

about the exhibition

San Francisco-born artist Daria Martin’s newly-commissioned installation combines computer gaming technology and film to explore the unconscious memories of her paternal grandmother who fled the former Czechoslovakia from the Holocaust. An immersive and atmospheric environment, the installation stages a series of intimate encounters with an extensive archive of dream diaries from Martin's grandmother. Created over a thirty-five year period, these meticulously recorded accounts amount to over ten thousand diary pages, and were originally chronicled for the purposes of psychoanalysis. Her grandmother's dreams frequently return to the curious and traumatic history of her childhood home, a modernist villa, still standing today in the city of Brno.

This multimedia exhibition includes a film created using computer gaming technology that takes users on a journey through a 3-D rendering of the villa in Brno as it appeared when Martin's grandmother lived there. A second film, shot with actors, presents a reimagining of four of Martin's grandmother's dreams set within the modernist house. The installation operates simultaneously as a portrait of Martin’s ancestor, a self-portrait, and an exploration of intergenerational trauma, intolerance, migration, loss, and resilience.

The exhibition will premier at the The Curve, Barbican Centre, and has been co-commissioned by Barbican, London and The CJM. Daria Martin: Tonight the World is curated by CJM Senior Curator Heidi Rabben.


Daria Martin: Tonight the World has been commissioned by Barbican, London and co-commissioned by The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. 

Lead sponsorship is generously provided by Maribelle and Stephen Leavitt, Lisa Stone Pritzker, John Pritzker, and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture. Additional support is provided by Shelli Semler and Kyle Bach; the South Moravian Film Endowment Fund, Czech Republic; Masaryk University, Brno; and St. John’s College, University of Oxford. 

Image Credit

Daria Martin, Tonight the World, 2019. Anamorphic 16mm film transferred to HD, 13.5 minutes. © Daria Martin, courtesy Maureen Paley, London.