L'expressió de la derrota
The Expression of Defeat
Slide show, pamphlets, furniture, performance and intervention in display areas
Variable dimensions, 2017
The work The expression of Defeat focuses on the less spectacular signs of defeat within the photographic and epistolary ensemble of World War II of my great-grandfather. The installation confronts two types of documents, separated by several years: on one hand a series of photographs taken between 1940 and 1941, where inhabitants of the occupied regions or enemy prisoners look towards the camera – at a time when the German army advances across Europe –, and on the other hand two seemingly contradictory letters of the year 1944 – while the Reich backs up – where for the first time surface obviously his convictions, his despair, but also an ambiguous late patriotism. Taking as a point of departure his commitment to the socialist party (SPD) and his former profession of printer, the two letters were designed and printed in the manner of a political pamphlet of the 30s, mixing two paradigmatic typographies of the aspirations of interwar period Germany, the Fraktur and the Futura.
Photo credit: Ico Mateo (except last three images)