Day and Fog
English Translation by Chris Lovelace and Mado Reznik
Theresienstadt, a concentration camp established by the SS during WWII near the city of Terezín in occupied Czechoslovakia, was the showplace camp gussied up by the Nazis after D-Day for a visit by Danish and International Red Cross officials. The intent was to dispel notions of exterminations camps. This work commemorates the artist's recent visit to what remains of the camp.
"day and fog is part of a journey taken several years ago. It comes from a survey about the Terezín ghetto in the Czech Republic, where art was legally promoted by Nazis but also [pursued] illegally by the prisoners. Terezín was the chosen ghetto to be shown by the Nazis as a tactic to oppose the world opinion about the horrendous and dreadful conditions of the camps. And, so to a certain extent art was promoted and even a huge library of more than 50,000 books was assembled. Both adults and children were involved in survival not only trying to get enough food and warmth but also literature, visual arts, music, theater, philosophy.
"My own personal pictures taken at the ghetto have been transformed into photo etchings. Paper rolls intend to express what we remember but sometimes tend to ignore as if meaning has been compartmentalized. Poems express part of the story in a voice that transcends my own voice. I have chosen different types of paper for that objective: Japanese, Mexican, and Nepal." — Mado Reznik
Mado Reznik (self-published)
World War II, WWII, Nazis, Holocaust, concentration camps
13.75 x 17 x 1.5" custom box with cavities for etchings and the book. Four 4.75 x 6.75" etching windows with roll up shades on dowels. Book: 8.5 x 11", 14 leaves.
Lightweight paper covers; perfect bound; cord lift and tie.
Paper, ink, cloth.
Reznik, Mado, "Day and Fog" (2016). Rollins College Book Arts Collection. 64.