Ramesch Daha

Eisenerz 1945

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July 6, 2023


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Based on extensive research and in close cooperation with the municipality of Eisenerz, Ramesch Daha's work is an emphatic, multi-layered memorial to the victims of the largest massacre of World War II in Styria.

Eisenerz 1945

In a timely concept of a monument, the artist is not interested in a classic work construction, but rather applies highly differentiated, oversized layers over and within each other: On historical postcards of the region she writes accounts from contemporary witnesses of the crime, ranging from the death march through Eisenerz to the murder of the driven people on Präbichl pass, the transport of the corpses and their attempted cremation and burial in the flood plain near Lake Leopoldstein. In light and mindful of these atrocities, Daha works in a specifically conceptual approach from the historical background, making herself available as a reflector of an unspeakable and uncommentable violent crime. By rendering the postcards and texts in blueprint, on one hand, the potential and always possible continuation of a slumbering matrix becomes recognizable. On the other hand, history and memory, i.e., personal imprints over generations, as well as the clash of different realities, become visible.

[Translate to English:] Auf einer Wiese steht eine weiße Skulptur wie eine Seite von einem Buch, in der Mitte ist diese rechteckige Wand leicht geknickt. Darauf ist in Blau eine Zeichung mit den Worten: Gruss vom Leopoldsteiner See bei Eisenerz. Ich war damals elf Jahre alt. Es war der 8. April 1945. Wir haben gesehen, dass Menschen bei der Schule gelagert waren. Wir haben gesehen, wie ein LKW immer hin und her gefahren ist. wir haben gesehen, dass über dem See eine schwarze Wolke gestanden ist. Es war windstill. Wir haben gesehen, dass sie Leichen verbrannt haben. Oskar Berger

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Folder: Eisenerz 1945

Ramesch Daha, Eisenerz 1945

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