Els Vanden Meersch

  1. Monument of post-political oblivion

    2007
    75 x 25 x 500 (hwl)
    125 photos

    Ernst Museum, Budapest (HU), 2009
    KULAK, Kortrijk (BE), 2007

    ‘A monument of post-political oblivion’ is based on the architecture of the infamous Nazi holiday camp Prora on the Baltic island of Ru╠łgen, built in 1936-1939 under the aegis of the Third Reich’s Kraft durch Freude (“strength through joy”) motto. The national-socialist holiday resort was never actually put to leisurely use as World War II ended the building activities. After the war, the Prora complex was transformed into a Soviet, and later on GDR, army barracks, which it remained until the fall of the Soviet Union in the early nineties. In its current ruinous state, the complex stands out as a colossal monument of post-political oblivion, a dismal yet imposing “requiem to socialism”, both of the nationalist and internationalist variety. 





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