Book presentation: Tatiana Lecomte “Postkarten können wir eine pro Person schreiben”
In 2009 Tatiana Lecomte in cooperation with Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Niederösterreich and the city of St. Pölten designed a commemoration to the forced laborers interned in St. Pölten between 1944 and 1945. It consisted of 20,000 postcards written by the artist herself and sent over a two-year period to random inhabitants of St. Pölten. On every postcard was written in blue ink “Ich bin gesund, es geht mir gut” [I’m fine and in good health], the reassuring phrase that concentration camp inmates and forced laborers – if they were allowed to send main at all – were instructed under pressure from the censors and out of consideration for the recipients to write on all correspondence.
With her commemoration “Postkarten können wir eine pro Person schreiben” [We can write one postcard per person] Tatiana Lecomte constructed a fictional communication level between the past and the present with the idea of provoking discussion between the inhabitants addressed. The project website indicated on the postcard offered not only extensive information but also the possibility of contacting the artist. Some recipients made use of this opportunity. The book reproduces the e-mail correspondence between the inhabitants of St. Pölten and the artist and gives an idea of the significance of the extended project and the daily work involved.
About the project: Katharina Blaas-Pratscher, Art and Culture Department, Office of the Lower Austrian Provincial Government Greeting: Danielle Spera