The Pink Mark. Art for Human Rights
In a project that moves between painting and performance Daniel will create an installation that will that intents to commemorate the Gay victims of the Nazi persecution.
24.07-13.08, Minsk, art spaces Cech
Introduction of the problem to explore
There are many photographs from the death camps of women standing naked and waiting. As a child I was fascinated by these pictures because of their physical exposure. As I grew up I realized that these photographs were probably taken with similar motivations by their captors; excitement by seeing naked women. I assume that in addition to the voyeurism expressed by taking these photos, there was an act of humiliating the women and dehumanizing them.
On the other side, the photographs of men from the same time and places are usually of piles of dead bodies and were mostly taken by the liberators. Men were usually kept for hard labor and for operating the annihilation machinery. These images often haunted me as a child and still do some times.
As a child in Israel I learned to get to know the holocaust as a Jewish thing. I don’t know exactly when, perhaps I was around nine or ten was when I realized that not only Jews were slaughtered by the Nazis but many other groups and minority’s. I was confused by this because we never even talked about them, nor did I see any photos or movies about them.
There was no real source of information reachable for me at the time.
In my adulthood I exposed myself more and more to the topic but I could never understand why nobody is really talking about it.
Although you have some memorial monuments for the specific genocide of gay people, it is never integrated in to the main frame (The roma, Jehovah whiteness and handicapped genocide are treated the same way as the gay genocide).
- “the pink mark”
One of the persecuted minorities by the Nazis were gay and lesbians. Their main persecution started in the mid 30s just after the internal Nazi cleansing act by the SS against the SA, known as “the night of the long knifes”.
Mostly gay men were sent to concentration camps and labor camps. Like all other persecuted groups they were marked in the camps with a colored cloth triangle badge on their clothes to mark their “crime”. Gay people were given the Pink Triangle. (Jews; Yellow, Communists’; Red, Gipsy`s; Brown, handicapped and mentally disabled with black, and so forth). Hence the pink mark.
- “Naked women, dead men”
During the annihilation process of “unwanted” persons in the death camps, the Nazis and their collaborators developed a well thought out procedure that was at its most fundamental, dehumanizing – making one not human.”Naked women, dead men”
The annihilation act was the last stage of a long line of rules and restrictions against the “unwanted” that were aimed to alienate and dehumanize. This process came not only in order to keep the mass of prisoners in control but also to ease the ‘burden’ of the annihilation process on the executing personnel.
One of the significant steps in this procedure was to separate woman and children from the men and to have them remove their clothes.
The pink mark
The installation would be a combination of two main works;
- The pink mark;
In two series of 4-6 paintings, men and women will be portrayed nude. These works will ideally be placed on opposite walls (one wall women one wall men).
The spectator would be encouraged to mark the work of the person he thinks is queer (women or men) with a pink triangle.
- Naked women dead men;
This work would be constructed ideally out of two scenic paintings
The first painting would be of 5-6 women of different ages, nude and partly nude, in a standing position “waiting”. It’s a reconstruction of a childhood memory of a photograph of a group of women waiting for the gas chambers in a Nazi death camp.
The second painting would be of 5-6men lying naked on the ground “dead” and it would also would be a reconstruction of a childhood memory of the piles of dead body’s that were documented after the liberation of the death camps.
Naked women dead men would be painted live in the gallery and it would ideally be partly open to the public. Ideally the models from “pink patch” will be also the models for “naked women, dead men”.
All works in this Project will be done with charcoal on paper.