Date: 11/2020 – 01/2021
Location: Weimar und andere Orte
Client: Gedenkstätte Buchenwald
molitor was commissioned by the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation to plan and install the outdoor touring exhibition “Haut, Stein” (Skin, Stone) by photographer Jakob Ganslmeier and Exit-Germany, which stays on location for just six weeks at a time. The exhibition was designed by Kummer & Herrman. Having started at Stéphane-Hessel-Platz in Weimar, the exhibition is now touring around Germany. The background to the exhibition is the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora concentration camps.
The exhibition takes a look at the use of National Socialist symbols and questions the presence, use and removal of such symbols from two perspectives:
In public spaces, architecture and structural ornamentation, the symbolism of National Socialism still persists, while as tattoos, such symbols are used to display an individual’s commitment to right-wing extremism.
Black-and-white photographs by artist Jakob Ganslmeier depict historical Nazi symbols on houses, in ornamental borders and façades – which remain visible and unchanged today or still recognisable after attempts to remove or alter them. These are presented together with their spatial context in villages, on streets or in residential areas.
In addition, the artist spent more than three years accompanying and documenting the work of EXIT-Germany.
He photographed former neo-Nazis over the course of having right-wing extremist tattoos removed or covered up, and conducted interviews with them and EXIT-Germany staff. The result is an artistic work that documents the drop-out process, provides insight into processes of (de-)radicalisation and, through its contemporary reappraisal, offers the chance to confront the topic in a variety of contexts.
Fotos: © Jakob Ganslmeier