SFC- Shoah Film Collection

Alicia Felberbaum

Alicia Felberbaum (UK)
based in London, UK, studied at Goldsmiths, University of London, Master in Fine Arts, 1994. Alicia is an artist working in experimental video, new media and installations.
A recipient of several art grants, her work has been shown internationally in exhibitions and Festivals

Title: Undressing Room, 2009, 4:30
People arriving to the camps were told to undress in preparation for showering. They left their personal effects and queue in the undressing room before entering the rooms with signs saying “baths” and “sauna”. Its furnishings were meant to simulate a shower room. To avoid panic, they were given a small piece of soap and a towel and were told to remember where they had put their belongings. The shower room was a large room with rows of exposed water pipes and sprinkler-type showerheads on the ceiling. The water was hot, the pellets had to be heated before they release the poison; the heat of the bodies caused the gas to work faster. In “undressing room” I’ve used a combination of animated stills and documentary open source archive material from the camps filmed in the immediate aftermath of World War II. I’ve chosen this form of representation, (in between animation and documentary), to approach the paradox, and to ascribe meaning to that which explodes the structure of meaning itself.