You’ll note these are Bosnian camps.

Pretty interesting stuff. Click on the images to enlarge.

During an academic conference in Brussels in December, 1997, an agitated audience, who felt that the Lego Concentration Camp was a real toy which was available for sale, demanded that I comment about why I constructed it. My response then, as it is now, was: “I am from Poland. I’ve been poisoned.”

– Zbigniew Libera

It seems he was able to sell 3 sets for $7500 each in the ’90s. You can read some discussions and articles about this artwork here.

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  • I just watched a film in class on Serb/Croat nationalism. The “researcher” in this movie took us from one end of Yugoslavia to another, and discussed the issues as he drove.

    In one scene, he ventures out to a once museum that had been ransacked by the Croatian police. As the camera pans out across the destruction, a giant monument can be seen out the window. It would seem that this museum once served as barracks for the Croatian branch of the SS. In fact, this ill-maintained museum rests within the borders of a former concentration camp. The monument is reminicent of the one erected at Majadanek.

    The argument that he, the documentor, draws was that the second World War was just an excuse for the Croatians to flex their nationalistic muscles and attempt to remove the Serbian population from Yugoslavia.

    So when Zbigniew created these lego sets as a memory of the Bosnian camps, it was simply his memory of history. Not a book, not a diary, not a two-week trip. But rather, the manipulation of innocence.

  • Very interesting post, Jason, and does give some more background. While I originally thought that this work was a bit simplistic, the more I think about and view it, the greater its impact.

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