.BIO...WORKS...PROJECTS................................................................................................................JAN VACA PHOTOGRAPHS 1998-2011

 

USTI– AUSSIG 2000 - 2002

Some people believe that every strong emotional experience leaves its trace by which it marks the place where it occured. My belief is that even hundreds of years cannot erase the trace. Just an example: Imagine that you happen to be alone in the centre of a huge temple. There is a total silence but you can still hear something. What is it? Perhaps voices of old times - a chorus that died away many years ago.

The project Ústí - Aussig grown up during between 2000-2002 and chronicles emotinal experiences that leave its indelible traces. Ústí nad Labem (in German Aussig an der Elbe) is a town in northern Bohemia with
a history similar to other medium-sized towns in central Europe. Before the Second World war started, many Czech citizens had left the town due to the fear of the Nazi regime. They were soon followed by the local Jewish population. Their flight howerever wasn´t out of free choice and they had nowhere to go. The industrial town became later on a target of allied air-raids. After the 1945 Czechs slowly began to move in again and slowly and slowly replaced the original German population. 

All of those people left trace in Ústí nad Labem, regardless their nationality. So I have chosen the pictures
of those people who lived between 1939 and 1948 in Ústí nad Labem and I have "stolen" their faces. I have subsequently inserted those faces into the streets of the contemporary Northen Bohemian town. I have been trying to find out if those people might had been in these places. So the soldiers of Wehrmacht happen to be on the Peace square called the Square of SA  during the war, and a Czech soldier is pictured on the place where the Czechoslovakian Army had their headquartes. They all belong to those streets and they are still present there. Come to Ústí nad Labem to see it for yourself.

 

Project consists of 14 photographs 80x60 cms.

 

       
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