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This Is Not Here

This Is Not Here by Arek Dybel and Natalia Romik


This is an illustration of the importance of new objects and new space in the essential elements of urban landscape (featuring the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in Warsaw and Mohrenstraße underground station in Berlin). The first part tells the story of polished labradorite, which was to be the main material commissioned by Albert Speer for future monuments to Hitler’s victories, but today forms the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes.

The second part tells the urban legend of marble from the former Reich's Chancellory being used in a Berlin underground station. .

Arek Dybel is a video artist and multimedia designer. In his work he explores Jewish history in context, using contemporary narrative and innovative technology. He works as independent creative director and consultant for various museum institutions around the world, including the Melbourne Jewish Holocaust Centre redevelopment project.

Natalia Romik is a practising architect and artist. She holds a Ph.D. from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, UK. Her doctoral project is entitled Post-Jewish architecture of memory within former Eastern European shtetls. She has authored numerous artistic activities, installations and performances. Her projects explore problems of cultural memory, ephemeral aspects of architecture and urban emptiness.

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