This installation is my response to a 1992 visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland. Groups of friends gathered to copy first-person accounts by Auschwitz-Birkenau victims into journals that were buried under trees, unearthed, read, and re-buried by museum visitors.
Temporary installation. Wood, journals, piano carcass, human hair, stones, burnt branches, burnt canvas.
Dimensions: 10′ H x 20′ W x 36′ L
During the course of the exhibition I learned I have two cousins from my Jewish Hungarian roots who are Auschwitz survivors, now living in the U.S. and in Switzerland. I have since met one of them.
Created with composer Marilyn Hudson. Exhibited in conjunction with the Fifteenth International Sculpture Conference in San Francisco.