Die Bibliothek A.H., 2014
40 × 200 × 30 cm
The evil associated with the person of Adolf Hitler is not only becoming manifest in the unbelievable crimes against humanity of his dictatorship, but also in the book "Mein Kampf", which is still on the index of prohibited books in Germany until today. The bookshelf on the other hand symbolically represents mankind's ambition to gain further wisdom and therefore stands for the individual as well as collective desire for a better world. In the innocent white of the bookshelf "A.H.", Sebastian Utzni's work brings both things together. And if we think in a humanistic way that we could read a person through the book titles assembled on a shelf, a cold shiver comes up that it could have been exactly like this: military literature stands next to expectable things from philosophy, racial ideology besides adventure stories, historical reference books next to world literature. Sebastian Utzni manages to create an approach to the banality of the evil in his finely balanced installation.
(extract from the press release of Helmhaus, Zürich)
Exhibited in Werk- und Atelierstipendien der Stadt Zürich, Helmhaus, Zürich, Switzerland.
Photos © by Lorenzo Pusterla.