Drawing (178) from THE BASIS OF MAKE-UP

"Two cyclists whose silhouettes cast shadows on a straight road photographed by Silke Grossmann in Amsterdam at the end of the 70s, with a section of her profile visible to the right. She is looking into a historically defined space of infinite depth and height in which British parachutists float down from the sky during the Normandy Invasion of 1944. Many of the soldiers were shot straight out of the sky. At the time, there were still allotments on the site of what is now Schiphol Airport, complete with sheds where Swiss art lover and hotelier Hans Obrecht and subsequent director of the Stedelijk Museum Willem Sandberg kept Jewish children hidden. Thirty years later, Obrecht painted a door on the ceiling of his sick wife’s bedroom at the Hotel Amstelrust on Amstel 252, as she was confined to the bed and suffered upon awakening from the feeling of being trapped in a room without any way out. The power of the imaginary was supposed to overcome the realism of fear and did so indeed." From: arsenal, may 17


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