Talk and Film Screening: Hitler Oaks, Dark Tourism and Holocaust Memorial Spaces

Demented Architecture features Polish artist Zbigniew Libera’s Lego Concentration Camp Set (1996). When it was first made, Libera was accused of making light of the Holocaust. Now described by the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw as ‘one of the most important works in contemporary Polish art,’ his sculpture has gone on to be celebrated for the sophisticated ways it works through the legacy of the Holocaust.

Following an introduction from exhibition curator Aaron Lister, Ann Shelton, Emma Willis and Miri Young give three short presentations on Holocaust memorialisation, contemporary art and dark tourism. They consider how structures and legacies from oppressive and horrific regimes echo through contemporary culture.

The presentations will be followed by a screening of Alain Resnais’s documentary Night and Fog (1955), one of the first cinematic reflections on the Holocaust, and Polish artist Artur Żmijewski’s The Game of Tag (1999), introduced by City Gallery’s Chief Curator Robert Leonard.