A Journey To All 1078 Nazi Concentration Camps, Witnessing The Sky Above

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Date

August 19, 2021
12:00–13:15PM EDT

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Anton Kusters, Blue Skies Project

Hosted by Ilvy Njiokiktjien, this event is a conversation with Belgian photographer Anton Kusters, discussing his approach to photography, long-term projects, and the making and meaning of his Blue Skies Project

The Blue Skies Project has taken Anton six years to produce, for which he has visited every single former Nazi concentration camp in Europe to make a single polaroid photograph of the blue sky above. His documentation process relies on location coordinates, incorporates numeric data, and closely follows good weather reports showing the days of blue sky above each of the 1,078 identified locations.

The result is a work that addresses the question of collective memory, second-hand witnessing, trauma, systematic injustice and the experience of place, through representations of the Nazi Germany concentration camp system from 1933-1945. The Blue Skies Project features a sound piece by Ruben Samama, and is curated by Monica Allende.

Ilvy talks to Anton about how he approaches his work, his projects, his ever changing relationship to photography, and his close collaborations with fellow artists and professionals.

Anton Kusters

Anton Kusters (Belgium, 1974) is a multidisciplinary visual artist whose work explores the representation of trauma and loss of experience of place. He recently completed “The Blue Skies Project”, a long term mixed media installation across several platforms, installed in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2019 and shown at Les Rencontres d’Arles in 2021.

Ilvy Njiokiktjien

Netherlands
, Utrecht
Ilvy Njiokiktjien is an independent photographer and multimedia journalist based in the Netherlands. She has worked in many parts of the world, with a focus on Africa. As a news and documentary photographer, she covers current affairs and contemporary social issues. She was born in the Netherlands, and, after leaving school, she studied for a year in South Dakota (USA) before returning home to study journalism and photography.
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