sanja ivekovic, erlauf remembers  (2)
sanja ivekovic, erlauf remembers  (2)
sanja ivekovic, erlauf remembers  (2)
sanja ivekovic, erlauf remembers  (2)

sanja ivekovic


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.

"Lady Rosa von Luxembourg", Sanja Ivekovi?'s visibly pregnant unknown heroine is based on the "Gëlle Fra" (Golden Woman), the Luxembourg national figure. Ivekovic uses the position opposite the memorial by Oleg Komov to allude to the role of the young girl standing between its two generals. Komov had originally planned his memorial with a woman's figure standing in the place of the child as the uniting element, but this was rejected following opposition from the women of Erlauf. Ivekovic's 'Lady Rosa' stands is a feminist memorial that stands for the humiliation, the suffering and the pain that many women undergo through rapings in wartime and civilian life.

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

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