Arbeit Macht Frei, 2009
single channel video 10’20”, series of 15 c-prints, blueprints
In 2006 the sign “Arbeit Macht Frei” underwent conservation oversight. 13 spots of rust were identified. For two months of the restoration process, the sign was replaced with a specially manufactured copy. At the very same moment, a second copy was manufactured in Israel for the Israeli museum. Two teams of metal workers had no awareness of each other's work and had no contact. The video compares statements of both groups. The dialogue created by metal artists shows that essential to the process was the case of inverted letter B. As a result, emerges an intriguing story of people who never knew each other, and because of lack of pathos in narration, the final effect enhances the horror of this sign.
The still series consists of 13 microscopic photos of rust found on the sign. They were made during the conservation process and now are enlarged by 1000 times, become anonymous compositions of color.
Stills from video & documentation