Shahak Shapira is a talented 28-year-old Israeli artist, satirist and art director who was born in Tel Aviv and currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. For his latest project “Yolocaust”, Shahak combines superficial snapshots from instagram, Tinder, Grindr and Facebook with stark historic Holocaust images. Shapira contrasts photographs of people smiling, juggling and doing yoga with the horrors of the concentration camps; to show why such selfies are so distasteful.
Over the last years, I noticed an interesting phenomenon at the Holocaust memorial in Berlin: people were using it as a scenery for selfies. So I took those selfies and combined them with footage from Nazi extermination camps.
About 10,000 people visit the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe every day. Many of them take goofy pictures, jump, skate or bike on the 2,711 concrete slabs of the 19,000 m² large structure.
The exact meaning and role of the Holocaust Memorial are controversial. To many, the grey stelae symbolize gravestones for the 6 Million Jews that were murdered and buried in mass graves, or the grey ash to which they were burned to in the death camps.
The images were taken from the social media sites without permission of the users. Shapira also provides an email address to have pictures removed – firstname.lastname@example.org