Made in Austria
Quadrophonic sound installation, Jewish Museum, Vienna
June 5th - October 13th, 2002
In conjunction with the exhibition 'Persecuting
grandfathers, interviewing grandsons?'.
grandfathers, interviewing grandsons?
Austrian Gedenkdienst in New York
In 1995 the New York Leo Baeck Institute established a fascinating new project: Young Austrian conscientious objectors came to New York to do the equivalent of their military service by working at the Leo Baeck Institute interviewing Austrian refugees from their grandparents' generation. These encounters have gradually evolved into the Austrian Heritage Collection at the Leo Baeck Institute. Today it is among the most significant oral history projects on Austrian modern history that includes numerous documents and well over 2200 biographical entries. This unique collection is the starting point of the exhibition, "Persecuting Grandfathers, Interviewing Grandsons?" Its focal point is the often difficult communication between the generations as a result of the catastrophic historic events of the last century. The exhibition takes visitors to the places where the emigrants and the Gedenkdiener meet. Photographer Arno Gisinger has captured the atmosphere in the New York apartments in a series of panoramic photos. Interviews with the emigrants and the Gedenkdiener give an idea of how young Austrians, descendants of the perpetrator generation, were able to develop mutual trust and understanding with the older Austrian Jews who were forced to flee their once loved Heimat. The exhibition is scheduled to take place simultaneously at the Jewish Museum Vienna and in the gallery of the Leo Baeck Institute New York. Visitors to one exhibition can continue the encounter by contacting visitors to the other.
Curators: Niko Wahl, Christian Prasser, Werner Hanak
Exhibition Designers: cp architektur
Designer: Thomas Geisler
Photographer: Arno Gisinger
Audio Design: Bernhard Gál