What Remains of the Day—Memories of World War II grapples with time and memory in contemporary Germany through images of places and people.

Wüerfel photographs a range of places that evoke the horrors of the Nazi regime by overexposing the photos so that only traces of the resulting images are recorded. Much like memory, the photographs are fragmented and ambiguous, and either in color or black and white. He overexposes the images of places for one second for every year since the war ended.

Photographs taken in 2016 (71 years after the end of WWII) were overexposed for 71 seconds. Portraits and interviews of war witnesses: (Holocaust) survivors, German Nazi supporters and bystanders, and Allied veterans present personal perspectives on the war and the Hitler regime.

About the Artist
Gesche Würfel is a visual artist based in Chapel Hill, USA. She received an MFA in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MA in Photography and Urban Cultures from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a diploma in Spatial Planning from the Technical University Dortmund.

Her work has been exhibited, published, and awarded internationally; exhibition venues include the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) Raleigh, NC (USA); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), MA, (USA); Tate Modern (UK); Goldsmiths, University of London (UK); Cornerhouse Manchester (UK); Kokerei Zollverein (Germany).

International Portfolio Showcase

National Library Plaza
05 Oct—30 Oct
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