tel-aviv

Guy Raz

N & N Aman Gallery

Guy Raz’s “Liga Terezín” project emerged from a trip to the Theresienstadt concentration camp in 2006, during which the artist noticed the red uniforms of a local team hanging on a laundry line beside a soccer field outside the walls of the Terezín fortress. Raz, who played soccer during his childhood, documented these reminiscences in a straightforward style and did not return to the photos until 2008, when he undertook research at Beit Theresienstadt, an education center and archive dedicated to the memory of the nearly 150,000 prisoners who passed through the camp during its five-year existence. The revelation that a Jewish soccer league played matches every Sunday between 1942 and 1944 prompted a collaborative effort between artist and archive. Their aspiration was to reconstitute the history of the Terezín league, whose teams were often named after the players’ labor roles in the camp

Sign-in to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.

Not registered for artforum.com? Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW for only $50 a year—65% off the newsstand price—and get the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the PRINT EDITION of the September 2009 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.