A new film has been selected to be displayed inside Berlin’s Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted Under Nazism to replace the current kissing loop beginning on the memorials 10th anniversary in June.
Located just across from the more widely recognized Holocaust Memorial in the heart of Berlin, the memorial for persecuted gays is a much more modest grey concrete cube sticking out of the ground with little fanfare. Only the curious really discover the objects significance. With tall bare walls, only one small window is set in front to allow one person to peek inside, to which they will find a video loop that currently features gay and lesbian couples locking lips.
Few details have been released about the nature of the new video loop on display starting June 3, but Yael Bartana, the Israeli artist chosen out of the 11 entries, writes on her website that her “films, installations and photographs explore the imagery of identity and the politics of memory.”