The sound installation The Invisible Choir examines the role that singing played for the resistance and everyday life and at the Ravensbrück concentration camp.
In Ravensbrück, songs were not only performed in secret, but also under coercion and threat of punishment. At the same time, there were songs such as Silent Night that have been tolerated by the guards. Thus, singing was not only an expression of mourning, consolation, encouragement, or protest, but was also used by the wardens as a means of exercising psychological violence against the prisoners.
In the course of a research, Moritz Fehr selected nine pieces that exemplify various functions of singing at the camp. These were rearranged and partly recorded in improvised form. Songs that had to be sung under duress were deliberately omitted. The new recordings form the material for the sound installation, which can be heard in the former private rooms of the wardens (on the balcony as well as in the tea kitchen of one of the apartment buildings).
Vocals and Improvisations:
Julia Dörr, Sina Jacka, Anna Kortmann, Salome Muhr, Johanna Sahm, Elena Elsa Tsantidis, Lydia L. Weißert
Choir Conducting and Arrangements:
The installation The Invisible Choir is part of the exhibition project Pictures, Voices and Clichés ↗︎, presented within the permanent exhibition In the SS-Auxiliary – The Female Guards of the Ravensbrück Women’s Concentration Camp at the Mahn- und Gedenkstätte Ravensbrück (Ravensbrück Memorial Museum). It includes artistic contributions by Marianna Christofides, Arnold Dreyblatt, Moritz Fehr, Dominique Hurth and Susanne Kriemann.
The exhibition is made possible with the support of the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture, Brandenburg, and the German Federal Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes).