What happens when we forget to remember?

Hakoah Vienna

The Vienna Project – 38 Sites of Holocaust Remembrance

Hakoah Vereinslokal/Hakoah Club – until 1938 a prosperous Jewish sports club
From www.theviennaproject.org: “Many sports and gymnastics organizations had, towards the end of the 19th century, introduced so-called “Aryan paragraph” regulations. In response, the Jewish sports club “Hakoah” was founded in 1909. Hakoah (the word means “strength” in Hebrew) won many titles, prizes, championships and medals. In 1938 Hokoah was broken up by the Nazis, its sports facilities and locations confiscated. Many Hakoans were able to save themselves by fleeing to foreign countries, nevertheless at least 37 of the athletes were among those murdered.”

Wiesingerstraße 11
1010 Wien

Vienna 2016

Hey you! It’s us!

Borjana Ventzislavova Hey you it is us

Hey you! It’s us!
Borjana Ventzislavova
Mirror glass film, NATO wire/razor wire, size variable
bäckerstrasse 4

“Hey you! It’s us!” takes the Berlin Wall as a reference and reflects on the current phenomenon of enclosing Europe by building new walls and borders. The artist addresses our fear and puts a mirror in front of it – an uneven surface that reflects light and shadows, our own broken silhouettes. It is not the others but ourselves we are afraid of. “Hey you! It’s us!” is Borjana Ventzislavova’s answer to “fortress Europe” – let’s imagine walls as mirrors and take a good look at ourselves. (Dessislava Dimova)

Vienna 2016