On November 11, 2020 the exhibition “Heimrad Bäcker. it may be that we won’t be killed but will be allowed to live” will open. The exhibition will feature the photographs in the estate of Heimrad Bäcker, which have been housed at mumok (Vienna) since they were bequeathed as a gift in 2015. These more than 14,000 images testify to Bäcker’s lifelong confrontation with the Holocaust.
A selection of photographs, notes, texts and found objects will be shown in the exhibition. Many of Bäcker’s photographs were taken long before there was any public attempt to address Germany’s Nazi past. They show former concentration camps overgrown with plants or deliberately repurposed. Bäcker’s photographs and found objects will be shown together with Tatiana Lecomte’s sound work A Murderous Noise and Rainer Iglar’s series of photographs “Mauthausen 1974”.