Michaela Melián

Kunstverein & Stiftung Springhornhof

The Kunstverein Springhornhof, in the Lüneburg Heath of northern Germany, has for over thirty years focused on the theme of landscape and art, including site-specific works. As with some earlier projects here, Neuenkirchen’s proximity to the concentration camp Bergen-Belsen was a point of reference for some of the works in Michaela Melián’s exhibition “Triangel.” In machine-stitched “drawings” based on photographs from her trip to the memorials at the concentration camp, Melián outlined her motifs: train tracks that remind one of the Nazi deportation trains packed full of people, but also tree-lined streets and the interior of the local Heimat-museum, or historical museum.

Melián observes the political relevance of historical events with an aggressively personal viewpoint and uses idiosyncratic techniques derived from nonartistic modes of production. Sewing, a case in point, evokes the

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