The survivors of the Nazi concentration camps featured in the portrait series The Irreversible often say that in the camp one could forget one’s name, but not the number, which provided a new subhuman identity stripped of all spirituality.
The style of these portraits denies the impersonal tone of the Nazi statistics. The striking namelessness of the victims, the numbers recurring in historical reports, and the ongoing debates about how many people really died take away all individuality from the prisoners. This project aims to restore their faces and show a little piece of what they managed to salvage in spite of the cruelty and the humiliation.
The photographs were taken in the survivors’ homes during intimate conversations when they were affected by strong emotions evoked by their memories. Looking at these photographs, one might sense that they have returned to those dark places.
42* black & white photographs, framed with raw splintered barnwood
60×90 cm (Europe based)
24×36 inches (US)
*Separate U.S.-based show available with smaller dimensions 12x18in and 30 prints.
Optional: multimedia presentation and caption texts
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