Although both Artists deal obsessively with their families past, there is a huge difference. While one is able to research using information from interviews with family members, whose lives continued normally after the war, the other can only relate to the few luckily remaining photos and letters as his family members perished. While one can trace and exhibit using continuous life in Austria, the other can only use up to date works and photos which reflect the personal family past in Wien and Berlin. The idea of the "Two Family Archives"
came up during Shimon Lev''s art residency in 2012 in Wien, to which he was invited to work on his project. Friedemann was one of the organizers of this project Memscreen
, which was running the residencies and was hosted by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. "Two Families Archives" is the result of that meeting.