Item: The Real Thing--Self Portrait at Buchenwald
|Title: ||The Real Thing--Self Portrait at Buchenwald|
|Authors: ||Schechner, Alan|
|Issue Date: ||17-Dec-2004 |
|Abstract: ||Computerized artwork included in the exhibition "Mirroring Evil" held at the Jewish Museum in 2002.|
|Description: ||Computer artist Alan Schechner superimposed himself, Diet Coke can in hand, on top of a Margaret Bourke-White photograph of Holocaust survivors at the Buchenwald concentration camp.
"A central theme in my art has been a series of projects dealing with issues of the Holocaust. These images have taken a number of different forms from Animation to Installation, Digitally manipulated Photography to Video projections.These works deal with a number of issues but are linked by my interest in how Holocaust Images are used, by whom and to what ends.
Central to these works is the belief that all images exist in social and political contexts and as such all images are ideological.
In these works I examine how Holocaust Images are used in a number of image contexts, from Hollywood to Advertising, Museums to Tourism. By manipulating and using these images I wish to raise awareness as to how these images are used by others often with an aim of manipulating us and always with an ideological bias. In doing so I hope to address our relationship to the Holocaust and and it's representations."|
|Appears in Collections:||Museum Controversy|
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