Stéphane Bauer: DOMINIQUE HURTH - PRIVATE HANDBAGS MAY NOT BE FIELD | Berlin on 1/9 | Event on Jan 12 at 7pm: Expanding on her long-term research on the female guards at the Ravensbrück women’s concentration camp, Dominique Hurth examines and questions the representation and narratives of female perpetration, its imagery and stereotyping and the examination of female perpetration in the post-war period until today. Her research starts from, expands on and returns to one object: the female guard uniform, as the one held in the collection of the Ravensbrück memorial.
Unlike the male uniform of the SS guards or that of the Wehrmacht soldier, the object of the female guard uniform has hardly been historically researched. At the same time, the female concentration camp warden in uniform triggers a huge fascination in film, fashion design, literature, pornography or the internet. This gap between the lack of sources and material knowledge about the textile history of the uniform (Who designed it? By whom and where was it produced? Where is the cut?) and the presence of the uniform in the subculture up to the mainstream, underlines previously prevailing gender stereotypes.
In this public reading, Dominique Hurth will weave together research, images and texts gathered from several visits over the past months in memorial and state archives, military collections, costume and theater depots – in order to look closely at the textile history, the production and object biography of the uniform and highlight notions of forced labor, violence and gender representation contained within the uniform itself. The talk will be held in English.
– Supported by Institut français Deutschland and the Gesellschaft für künstlerische Forschung Berlin
Part of: Guilty, guilty, guilty! Towards a Feminist Criminology
Curated by Sonja Lau. An Exhibition at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/ Bethanien.
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