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September 25, 2012

Allach Tarot

Boris Kobe (1905-81) was a Slovenian architect and painter who became a political prisoner in the concentration camp of Allach, a sub-camp of Dachau, near Munich, Germany.

The contextual framework and point of departure of the art project is a deck of tarock/tarot cards made in Allach by Kobe most probably after the April 1945 liberation by American forces (see card XXI which depicts liberation, the Slovenian flag,and a tombstone-like image marked Allach which is aflame). As a whole, this work of art represents a visual summary of life in a concentration camp, the main vehicle of which consists of Kobe's tragic and humiliating sequences spiced with acrid humor.

Images at the link.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 25, 2012 07:47 AM