Children in the Theresienstadt ghetto photographed by the Red Cross on June 23, 1944
2016, Photographic and polyester lithography, 8 1/2" by 12"
On June 23, 1944 the Red Cross visited Theresienstadt transit camp to inspect the camp that had been meticulously beautified by the SS during the previous days. The SS authorities greatly intensified deportations of Jews from the ghetto to alleviate overcrowding, and as a part of the beautification program in the ghetto, 7,503 people were deported to Auschwitz between May 16 and 18 1944.
These prints notice a beauty alternatively to the beautified ghetto that was implemented by the SS, and relocates the artistic life that existed within Terezin to the forefront of our sensibility, a beauty that the SS was never able to see.
In these prints I discover new geometry within the cluttered space of Terezin transit camp and in the relationship between the figures’ forms and the maps of the camp. The children continue to occupy the prints as their absence delineates the new geometry, reclaiming the space of the ghetto and transposing its form one of confinement to one in which they transcend its boundaries.