Levy, Dead World Order

Dana LEVY, Dead World Order (extract), 2012, video, 6:38 min. © MuMa Le Havre / Dana Levy
Israeli-born Dana Levy studied video in the UK. Her work has a strong focus on the themes of memory and identity. Along with Sabine Meier, Mathilde Delahaye and Karlis Rekevics, she is one of the first artists to benefit from the "Le Havre – New York // Regards croisés" residency, a programme in partnership with the City of Le Havre and the Institut Français. This three-month stay in Le Havre, between October and December 2011, is when Dana Levy made the video Dead World Order.

The film was shot in the Maison de l'Armateur, one of the few houses remaining intact after the city was destroyed during the Second World War. Through the atmosphere created by the images and the soundtrack, it makes deliberate references to two Alfred Hitchcock films, Vertigo and Psycho. The video shows a woman as she moves about the house, busying herself with the objects it contains. Playing her own role, the curator of the city's historical museums is the only person who appears on the screen, silently inhabiting the space. As Levy explains, "The house is built like a spiral, each floor is full of treasures and oddities brought back from faraway lands two centuries ago. My work deals with the desire to preserve and organize these collections of objects, but also tell a story of a world that no longer exists and perhaps never will again."

Works acquired in 2012 (4)

Vincent BARRÉ (1948), “Outres” 3-4, 1999, cast iron, 60 x 240 x 80 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / Florian Kleinefenn — © ADAGP, Paris, 2013
Trine SØNDERGAARD (1972), Interior # 10, 2011, colour photograph, C-print, 60 x 60 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / Trine Søndergaard — © ADAGP, Paris, 2014
Raoul DUFY (1877-1953), End of the Day at Le Havre, 1901, oil on canvas, 99  x 135 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / David Fogel — © ADAGP, Paris, 2014
Dana LEVY, Dead World Order, 2012, photogram (video). © MuMa Le Havre / Dana Levy