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.