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  • Shelomo Selinger : Gallery I

    Gallery I

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    A series of drawings in pen and ink by Selinger done in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Selinger's depiction of the conditions and brutality of the German concentration camps are done in a style that creates a fragmented narrative but provides sufficient indication of the violence so that the story is well understood. Some commentaries of the artist's work have suggested his drawing style evokes images of Aztec and Mayan drawings, or can even be referenced to brutality in Africa because of the shading. However, by title and visual reference, it is clear that the essence of the story is the Holocaust. Particularly importance is the perception of the brutality of the perpetrators.  Especially interesting the "Musicians Among the Dead," which provides testimony of the SS's use of an orchestra near the gas chamber at Auschwitz, and music played at other camps as well.

    Viewers are reminded that few photos were ever taken by inmates in concentration camps and ghettos. Therefore, drawing and painting are the only visual resources from the point of view of the victims. These images were created well after the artist's liberation from Auschwitz, but are a testimony to the durability of memory.

    Artworks

    Collective Punishment
    Collective Punishment
    Mother & Children Attacked
    Mother & Children Attacked
    Punishment by Head in Water
    Punishment by Head in Water
    Prisoners Hung By Ropes
    Prisoners Hung By Ropes
    Before the Gas Chamber
    Before the Gas Chamber
    Before the Gas Chamber
    Before the Gas Chamber
    Before the Gas Chamber
    Before the Gas Chamber (Detail)
    Before the Gas Chamber
    Before the Gas Chamber (Detail)
    In Gas Chamber
    In Gas Chamber
    Medical Experiment
    Medical Experiment
    Medical Experiment 2
    Medical Experiment (Detail)
    Medical Experiment 3
    Medical Experiment (Detail)
    Medical Experiment 4
    Medical Experiment (Detail)
    In the Mines
    In the Mines
    Work at Mines
    Work at Mines
    In the Mines detail
    In the Mines (Detail)
    In the Mines detail 2
    In the Mines (Detail)
    Prisoners in the mines
    Prisoners in the Mines
    Prisoners in the mines detail
    Prisoners in the Mines (Detail)
    Prisoners in the mines detail 2
    Prisoners in the Mines (Detail)
    In the mines
    In the Mines
    Musel Man
    Musel Mines
    Death Cart
    Death Cart
    Sport Machine
    Sport Machine
    Children Assasination
    Children Assasination
    Shower of Gas
    Shower of Gas
    Entering Camp
    Entering Camp
    Musicians Among Death
    Musicians Among Death
    25 Lashes
    25 Lashes
    lashes
    Lashes
    Selection
    Selection
    Carrying the Dead
    Carrying the Dead
    Dead n Living
    Dead n Living
    Bodies Hung like Meat
    Bodies Hung like Meat
    Hanging
    Hanging
    Returning to camp after work
    Returning to Camp After Work