Ernst Logar









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"Den Blick hinrichten" - (Focussing the Gaze [on executions by rifle squad])

On April 7th in the year of 1945 twelve prisoners were being picked up by GESTAPO officers never to return again.
They were being seen for the very last time by† eyewitness Mrs. Hauberger at the gates of the regional court
in the Austrian city of Graz.

"Der Feliferhof" Stefan Karner - Harald Knoll, 2001

Amongst those twelve prisoners was my grandfather Josef Logar. Together with his eleven inmates, he was shot on that day
as part of a series of executions at the Feliferhof. All twelve were killed on account of "high treason and corruption against
the Wehrmacht". This very sad and disturbing fact is part of the history of my father's side of the family - the imprisonment,
the conviction, the execution of my grandfather by the Nazis.
This is what initiated my research that I had started three years ago. Those terrible events have left severe after-effects on my family, both emotionally and psychologically. Until today these incidents have been repressed and pushed away from our lives. For myself, as part of the grandchildren-generation see it as my duty to pursue and track down this painful part of our family history and to uncover what has been hidden in the dark. In addition through the recollection of my family their memories
will help all existing and future generations to deal with that tragedy on a conscious level.

Ernst Logar, 2004

"Den Blick hinrichten" consists of three different indoor installations:

One represents the situation of an actual execution room - this installation can be experienced by the audience through the eyes of the delinquent as he is being killed by a bullet of a gun. (This Installation was realised at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in 2004 and at the Museum of the city of Graz in 2008.)

The second installation refers to an actual WW II mass grave site. The room is darkened, 25 meters in length and is cover
with soil. On the walls of this room one can read authentic quotes from the war among quotes dealing with present day nationalsocialism. These are supposed to provoke confrontation with the mindset of the generation of nationalsocialist
Austria. These thoughts may have been derived from a collective suppression the horrible incidents of that time.

The third installation is a kind of shelter that shows video interviews with people of the slovenian minority in Carinthia.
Together with Yugoslavian partisans, they fought in resistance against the nationalsocialist regime.

Further information in german:

Rauminstallation - Universität für angewandte Kunst
IInstallation - Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, Vienna 2004
© Ernst Logar

Rauminstallation - Kunsthalle Wien
Installation - Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna 2004
© Edgar Knaack

Kellerraum - Galerie Freihausgasse
Installation - Galerie Freihausgasse, Villach (A) 2005
© Ernst Logar