Obscenity Study No. 2
Electronic Sign with digitally manipulated photographs
Date: 1997


In February 1995, Haim Miller, deputy mayor of Jerusalem and head of an organization called the Association for the Rights of the Haredi (Ultra Orthodox Jewish) Community objected to a number of photographs on display at the YAD VASHEM Holocaust Museum. Miller objected to the fact that the photographs show Jews naked and ordered YAD VASHEM to remove them. The images in question are Nazi photographs of the Einsatzgruppen murdering the Jews of Liepaja, Latvia in 1941. This piece draws on those same images and manipulates them digitally in an attempt to raise questions about the nature of obscenity.