Hide and Seek: Green Swamp, 2008.
Chromogenic print mounted on aluminum.
47 1/4″ x 63″.
Courtesy of the artist and CRG Gallery, NY.
Eerily dark and foreboding, this green swamp surface suggests a deeper unknown, a hidden truth. Gersht’s Hide and Seek series documents the forests and swamps where atrocities were unsuccessfully hidden or Jewish refugees fled to evade detection and capture. The family of Gersht’s wife survived the threat of German soldiers by concealing themselves in the forests and swamps documented in this series. Other works from the Hide and Seek series, including Drape #03 in the adjoining front gallery, visually map the sites where Germans buried the remains of 250,000 bodies and planted hundreds of trees to hide their crime.
Director, Gund Gallery