Andrew Weinstein, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of the History of Art, State University of New York, FIT in NYC, invited me to participate in three exhibitions, "Medical Ethics and the Holocaust, How Healing Becomes Killing: Eugenics, Euthanasia, and Extermination."

The exhibitions will run concurrently at these venues: National Technical Museum, Prague, Czech Republic; National Museum of the History of Medicine, Kiev, Ukraine; and Holocaust Memorial Center, Budapest, Hungary.

In response I created three charcoal drawings based on the subversion of the Hippocratic Oath by Nazi doctors. I overlaid the Ancient Greek text of the oath with imagery of the striped uniforms worn by concentration camps prisoners. The erasure of the charcoal lettering results in barely legible ghosts of the calligraphy. The stripes function as both clothing and prison bars, limiting access to the text, their presence shifting focus from two to three dimensions.


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Arie Galles – “Hippocratic Oath #1” 22” X 30” - 2015 Charcoal and Conté on Arches BFK

Arie Galles – “Hippocratic Oath #2” 22” X 30” - 2015 Charcoal and Conté on Arches BFK

Arie Galles – “Hippocratic Oath #3” 22” X 30” - 2015 Charcoal and Conté on Arches BFK

“Hippocratic Oath #1”

“Hippocratic Oath #2”

“Hippocratic Oath #3”


 

Return-Powrot V - 11in x 14in - 28cm x 35.5cm - 2014 - Conté and Acrylic

Return-Powrot VI - 11in x 14in - 28cm x 35.5cm - 2014 - Conté and Acrylic

Return-Powrot VII - 11in x 14in - 28cm x 35.5cm - 2014 - Conté and Acrylic

Return-Powrot VIII - 11in x 14in - 28cm x 35.5cm - 2014 - Conté and Acrylic and Oil Pastel

 

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