Christian Boltanski - Erinnerungen | Souvenirs | Memories

Permanent installation Christian Boltanski Erinnerungen | Souvenirs | Memories

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Copyright: Weltkulturerbe Völklinger Hütte | Hans-Georg Merkel

Christian Boltanski was also inspired by the daily work performed by the ironworkers and has dedicated a large temporary installation to them and their emotions. In addition to the forced labour memorial site, he has created a major installation in memory of the workers at Völklinger Hütte. Located in the burden shed, this installation comprises numerous atmospherically illuminated lockers from all parts of the ironworks.  The voices of former ironworkers recalling their work at Völklinger Hütte resonate from the lockers. These lockers – the interior of which is private, the exterior the property of Völklinger Hütte – form the focal point of the installation, which remembers and pays tribute to the work of these former employees in an unusual and arresting manner.

Narrations from working life | extracts