Audiovisual spectacle “186 steps [camp: reintegration]” was a part of “Saved From Mauthausen” exhibition organized by the Warsaw History Meeting House in May 2010.
The exhibition accompanied the promotion of “Saved From Mauthausen” tome presenting testimonies of prisoners during World War II in Nazi concentration camps of Mauthausen-Gusen system. The testimonies were collected and published under The International Mauthausen Survivors Documentation Project funded by the Austrian government.
“186 steps [camp: reintegration]” is an attempt at reintegration of individual camp experiences with contemporary visual art and electronic music. The word ‘reintegration’ can be understood also as a constant and necessary reintegration of personality of those who survived.
The eponymous 186 steps of the “stairs of death” in Mauthausen quarry, which prisoners had to take daily can be understood as a universal metaphor for an existential crisis, redefining our understanding of suffering, freedom, youth or dignity. Authors face the matter of camp testimonies, seeking their own identity, vulnerability and survival skills.
script and directing: Paulina Jędrzejewska (based on the book „Saved From Mauthausen”)
video: Łukasz Szczepański
music: Paweł Uszyński
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