A German educational toy is sharply focused, set against the structures of Birkenau concentration camp. This place of unimaginable horror also flourishes as an undisturbed site for nature; it has an unexpected and disturbing tranquillity and beauty.
In Transposition, symbols of innocence (untroubled landscape, an arch constructed from a children’s toy) are married with the structures and memory of the Holocaust.
Valentine’s father (Peter Schmidt) left Berlin when he was 7. His likely destiny, had he not left, would have been Auschwitz. He brought his Anchor blocks with him and later used them in his work as an artist. He died in 1980 and Valentine inherited his building blocks.
This exploration of fate and the burden of the past, offers many questions with very few answers.
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