Charlotte Salomon (1917 - Auschwitz, Poland, 1943). Untitled, 1940-42. Gouache on paper. Charlotte Salomon Foundation, Joods Historisch Museum, Amsterdam.
© Copyright Charlotte Salomon Foundation.
The installation artist Tatiana Blass addresses the myth of Homer's Odyssey. Penelope was the wife of Odysseus and waited twenty years at the beach on her husband while he enjoyed his adventures. In order not to be distracted by annoying admirers of waiting, she looked for meaningful work. She wove a shroud for three years for her stepfather. Penelope promised to select a candidate when she had done, because no one believed in the return of her husband. But secretly she bound parts of the shirt on again at night choose to have no other and to remain faithful to their adventurers.
The installation is located in the chapel of São Paulo Morumbin. Blass lives and works in Brazil. The loom is located where the altar was supposed to be. On one side is a long red carpet spread out throughout the threads that lead into the loom are completely confused on the back. The red yarn is fed through holes in the wall outside, where it covers the whole garden. One wonders, similar to Penelope's story, whether the piece is being woven or untied.
July 21, 1936, Mari Ginestà, 17, a member of the Juventudes Comunistas (Iberian Communist Youth), stands armed on the roof of the Colón hotel in Barcelona mere days into the Spanish revolution against Franco’s military coup.
The picture was taken by Juan Guzman (who was born Hans Gutmann in Germany before going to Spain where he photographed the International Brigades).
Photographers: Tatiana Avilova, Ekaterina Kislova, Tatiana Plakhova.
Maria Schroeder was built in 1920, Trondheim, Norway, then named the Rolf Jarl. A steam ship that cruised at 11.5 knots. In August 1950 she was sold to Reederei Richard Schröder from Hamburg, Germany and renamed the Maria Schröder. She ran aground and sank in the Red Sea on 11 April 1956, on a voyage from Aqaba to West Germany. She hit the reef at Nabq Park, Sinai in the Gulf of Aqaba just north of Sharm el Sheikh. Some parts of the wreck are on top of the reef plate, while the rest is scattered over the sloping reef, down to 24 meters deep. - Nikki van Veelen
Claire McCluskey, Things Happen The Way They Happen Because Of The Things That Have Happened Already, 50cm diameter, wood and thread, 2011
Photographed by Stephen Maybury