Decomposition, Video #1, 2015, 00:05:00 loop, edition of 8 + 2 AP

In this video animation, archival images of mass graves are combined in a colorful, kaleidoscopic pattern that recalls a Mandala - a symbolic pictorial representation of the universe and the human spirit in various religions originating in India. Psychoanalyst Carl Jung regarded the mandala as an archetypical representation of the self, underlain by collective and personal unconscious contents. The dissonance between the means of representation and the work’s contents results in a lingering gaze which exposes the the details of the horror portrayed.

The tango was one of the most popular ballroom dance tunes in Europe during the 1920s and 1930s. In World War II, concentration camp prisoners were forced by the Nazis to play several tangos to accompany executions, which were therefore dubbed The Death Tango. However, in addition to serving as a tool of oppression, the tango was also a means of expression for the prisoners.

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