Auschwitz Now

text and image r.v.

If one looks at the series of photographs from a distance without knowing the exact subject matter one could assume that it does concern here a pleasant summer scene, far away from any danger. The clear blue sky, the green, the bright saturated colours do not immediately suspect that it concerns here one of the darkest passages in the twentieth century. The harder it hits. Like the punch in the stomach when one thought one could relax. This combination of genocide and bright colours has been made before, for example by Gerhard Richter in his Atlas collection. Of course is thereby the conversion of black and white to colour one that could contribute to more realism, but by the high saturation it rather tends to negationism. Here however it does concern the more objective registration of the photographer. The prints include the black border of the negative, which works also as an obituary, to show that no information has been omitted. The image as well appears to run over in the corners and so it makes you aware of the space outside of the image, the picture is a fragment of a larger whole and not a closed, hermetic space, it is directly connected to the world around us, the world of the observer.

The exhibition Auschwitz Now at the Amsterdam Public Library with pictures by Alexander David and an accompanying text of Judith Belinfante runs until January 25, 2011.

Alexander David – Theresienstadt (2009).

Alexander David – Theresienstadt (2009).

Alexander David – Auschwitz Now (2009).

Alexander David – Auschwitz-Birkenau (2009).

Alexander David – Auschwitz-Birkenau (2009).


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