gustav metzger at gwangju art biennale 2010
 
gustav metzger at gwangju art biennale 2010
sep 21, 2010

gustav metzger at gwangju art biennale 2010

historic photographs: liquidation of the warsaw ghetto, april 19 – 28 days, 1943 black and white photograph mounted on foamex board and rubble image © designboom

born into a polish-jewish family in nuremberg, germany, gustav metzger (b.1926) was taken to britain in the late 1930s under the auspices of the refugee children’s movement (kindertransport), a rescue effort undertaken by the british government to extricate thousands of predominantly jewish children from germany and german- occupied territories on the eve of WWII. both of metzger’s parents and a number of his relatives perished during the war, and since that time metzger has lived in exile in london, where he has worked as both an activist and a producer of politically incendiary artworks. metzger was also the founder of the loosely organized auto-destructive art movement, whose first symposium in 1966 counted artists jonathan latham, yoko ono, and hermann nitsch among its participants.

for his ongoing series ‘historic photographs’ (1994-), metzger creates enlargements of images related to various historical traumas, to which he adds sculptural elements that force the viewer to engage physically with the images.

gustav metzger at gwangju art biennale 2010image © designboom

gustav metzger at gwangju art biennale 2010exhibition view image © designboom

gustav metzger at gwangju art biennale 2010 historic photographs: trang bang, children fleeing south vietnam, april 1972, 1998 photographed on aluminum, bamboo screen, lights and timer, dimensions variableimage © designboom

gustav metzger at gwangju art biennale 2010image © designboom

gustav metzger at gwangju art biennale 2010 historic photographs: to walk into. massacre on the mount, jerusalem, 8 october 1990 image © designboom

gustav metzger at gwangju art biennale 2010image © designboom

gustav metzger at gwangju art biennale 2010 exhibited photograph image © designboom

gustav metzger at gwangju art biennale 2010exhibition view image © designboom

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