The Galeriestudio38 is located at the former house of Frederic Morton, a Jewish Austrian citizen, who had to flee the Nazi regime in 1939. He then moved to the United States, where he lived ’til his death in 2015. He was the author of many books and came back to Austria every year not only for lectures, but also to visit the gallery at his former home, in which his father’s metal factory was located as well.
After exhibiting my early photographical works there, ordinary dolls telling stories about human life, I worked together with the gallery on several multimedia projects, combining photos, beamed on a wall with live piano music.
For the Project “Fleeing Hitler” I was allowed to photograph metal remnants from the former Morton factory. I combined these photos with photographs my dad had brought home from WWII in Russia, where he had served in the “German Wehrmacht” ( the German Army).
The musical component of this show was piano music by Ruth Schonthal, a composer, who – after having been forced out of Europe as well – lived in the United States till her death in 2006.
During Frederic Morton’s visit in 2013 the gallery organized a private show for him.
“Fleeing Hitler” was also the program of a LIFE class with Marietta Dean a few years later.