This installation resulted from an interview and tour inside an old house with two members of a Jewish family who used to live in this house until after World War II. This family had to leave this house during the war, to escape from the razzia’s. They were hiding elsewhere for three years, during which period a German officer occupied the house. After the war, the family returned to their home and found their living room filled with fake-oak wooden furniture made by the German. During the tour inside the house, they rediscovered a cupboard that belonged to that furniture. The current residents had no idea that they had this evidence of the events in their basement. I moved the cupboard back to its room and, as an embodiment of the German officer, I made it listen to the stories and songs I recorded during the interview with Ida and Ido Nathans.
Left photo: Ido and Ina in 1945 in front of the house (family archive Ina Nathans) – Right photo: Ido and Ina in 2019 (Heidi Linck)
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Installation in a living room: cupboard from in the basement of the house, sound-isolating felt blankets and audio-recordings.
Kunst op de Koffie 2019
Many thanks to: Tanya en Eric Looijen, Ina en Ido Nathans, Judith de Jong, Verhuisbedrijf Jacobs.
Kunst op de Koffie was supported by Mondriaan Fonds, Provincie Gelderland, Gemeente Arnhem and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.