עליה (Ascent) is the term used by Jews to name the massive emigration to the Land of Israel after II World War. From 1945 to 1951, 750.000 people arrived in the newly created state of Israel, leaving behind the horrors brought about by Nazism and antisemitism.
During the six years which last II World War, between 5 million and 6 million Jews were exterminated, about 60% of jew population had been killed. More than 3 million of them were killed in the eight extermination camps which were created by Nazi regime.
However, that horror, dilute in time, today exert an inverted force. In 2015, 1,72 million people visited Auschwitz extermination camp. A massive pilgrimage to (re)cognize the Holocaust.
Establishing an extermination camp as a tourist object, exposed to thousands of looks, it disymbolizes it. It nullifies any deep meaning of the image and transfers the above meaning to the surface.
The sign-camp appropriation attempt, as material ruin capable to redeeming at the same time as fixing the horror and dehumanization in the collective memory, has been cynically recoded as an object of consumption.
The original sign-camp, a material ruin capable to redeeming at the same time as fixing the horror and dehumanization in the collective memory, has been cynically recoded as an object of consumption.
The spectators do not integrate themselves in the camp, they don’t place themselves out of the cotidianity, they get dissolved. The visit of the camp does not require more effort than any daily chore. In less than three hours, the Ascent has been completed.
(Work in progress)