Identity - Traces of Memory

Studio One • 1 June - 15 June

Hours 9am-5pm Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm Sat
Where 1 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
  09 376 3221
Artists Valentyn Odnoviun
Theme Exhibitions

This project by Valentyn shows parts of the walls from the underground rooms of the Gestapo in Berlin, which are witnesses to the inhumanity carried out against entire peoples and which carry within themselves the memory of those events.

The demonstration of the project was implemented with the help of the projecting slideshow of 39 images (positive slides projected with use of analog projector) of the tiles from the basement "Gestapo," that are symbolizes 39 cells and stands as witnesses of inhumanity done to nations and bear the memory about this horrifying facts of our history. In projecting these images, Valentyn is trying to study the traces of memory left in our history that must be preserved and transmitted to subsequent generations.

Photographs created as part of this research are both documentary and subjective at the same time. They embody real traces of events, objects and memories, but they also serve as platforms for imagining these events, objects and memories in more interpretative form. With an “abstract” photograph the viewer plays a bigger role in the reaction to, and thus the creation of the image which is triggered by the context and reflected back from the surface of
the photograph into the viewer's mind.

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Traces of Memory


Traces of Memory by Valentyn Odnoviun