roman ondák, erlauf remembers  (2)<br />
roman ondák, erlauf remembers  (2)<br />
roman ondák, erlauf remembers  (2)<br />
roman ondák, erlauf remembers  (2)<br />

roman ondák


erlauf remembers  (2)

The 1200 inhabitants of the Erlauf in the district of Melk owe the knowledge of the village's participation in world history to an émigré who had to flee to the USA in 1938 because of racism. Almost unnoticed by the local residents, this was the site of the historic handshake between an American general and a Soviet general when Nazi Germany capitulated
on 8 May 1945.
The exhibition 'Erlauf erinnert sich ... (2) – Monumente, Gegenmonumente und Nation' (Erlauf Remembers... 2 – Monuments, counter-monuments and Nation) related to the two existing monuments (by Jenny Holzer and by Oleg Komov), the town itself, the Second World War and the Holocaust.

Roman Ondák from Bratislava had himself inscribed conceptually into the community, and created a silent anti-monument to the two permanent monuments. Ondák's second project alluded to the history of Erlauf: significant documents were reproduced in the history of the area with local kindergarten-goers and schoolchildren. So playfully having integrated the youngest local residents – as the community's future representatives. Posters with the same subject matter were subtly distributed around the whole community.

The project is documented in the art archive of the museum ERLAUF ERINNERT .
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