MAK Center Los Angeles
Beate Passow, a German artist, confronts the history and the memory of the Holocaust by seeking out and representing survivors of the Nazi deathcamp Auschwitz/Birkenau as her photographic subjects and thus preserving a record of these last witnesses. Her portraits present the tattooed forearms of her otherwise unidentified subjects, only bearing the serial identification number of the camp. The color photographs both document the indelible mark that symbolizes the technology of destruction and the mathematics of oppression and simultaneously reveal the very personal signs of age and history on the human body.