Assaf Gruber (*1980, Jerusalem) is a sculptor and filmmaker who lives and works in Berlin. Both his time-based works and installations focus on the way in which political ideologies of individuals intertwine with personal stories, and the way in which they form social relations within private and public spheres. Gruber is a graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and of the Higher Institute of Fine Arts (HISK) in Ghent. He had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Art in Łódź (2015), the Natural History Museum of Berlin (2018), The Berlinische Galerie (2018), the Center for Contemporary Art U-jazdowski Castle, Warsaw (2018) among other institutions. His films have been featured in festivals, including the Berlinale Film Festival, (2016) and FID Marseille (2019).
Gruber researches in the Archive of Avant-garde historical materials for his new film series – The Transient Witness. Each episode portrays the transfer of the archive from the private house of the collector Egidio Marzona in Berlin to its new public domicile – the Japanese Palace in Dresden (part of Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden), through the eyes of a seemingly marginal protagonist.
The project explores the common features and necessary distinctions between art collections, archives, and the various material and cultural substrata that enable their existence.