Installation Andrew M. Mezvinsky - "A Good Day“

The American artist Andrew M. Mezvinsky, born 1982 in Philadelphia, has created an installation for Museum Judenplatz based on Primo Levi’s account of survival in Auschwitz. In the book If This Is A Man? (Se questo è un uomo) the Italian Auschwitz survivor Primo Levi (1919–1987) summarizes his traumatic experiences. One of the chapters in Levi’s account describes a “good day.”
“A Good Day” – the title chosen by Primo Levi and taken up by Mezvinsky for his work in Museum Judenplatz – refers to the first rays of sun in Auschwitz and the hope for survival that they represent: “The rising of the sun is commented on every day: today a little earlier than yesterday, today a little warmer than yesterday, in two months, in a month, the cold will call a truce and we will have one enemy less.” With the aid of interactive animations and the latest multimedia technology Mezvinsky creates a space in Museum Judenplatz reflecting the immediate basic conditions for human existence. Visitors become part of the installation: they are allocated a role by the artist and can discover for themselves the metaphor behind Levi’s “good day.” The animated “rite of spring” scenery created by the artist is intended to symbolize liberation and a new will to live.
Curator: Danielle Spera