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Rachel Mars



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Wheelchair accessible icon Relaxed performance

Wednesday 23 – Friday 25 August
Various time slots
Lyceum Roseburn (Workshop)
Site-specific installation
Suitable for ages 16+

FORGE also features a public conversation about issues of memorial, in association with the Edinburgh Art Festival. On sale soon.

Sensitive content: Audience required to walk or move around during the performance, contains distressing or potentially triggering themes linked to genocide and the Holocaust (without direct imagery), welding, distinctive smells, flashing lights, loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound

Please note: Audience must wear a long sleeve top, trousers and closed covered shoes before entering the space. A protective welding helmet and apron will be provided and must be worn at all times during your visit. According to Jewish custom you’ll be invited to wash your hands before leaving the space.


Show Description

In 2014 the 100kg iron ‘welcome’ gate was stolen from Dachau concentration camp. A local blacksmith forged a replica. It was exactly like the original. And it wasn’t at all. Over the course of three days artist Rachel Mars invites you to bear witness as she welds together another copy of the ‘welcome’ gate stolen from Dachau concentration camp. A powerful durational installation with live metal work exploring who memorials are for and who decides.

Sound Designer Dinah Mullen creates a live soundtrack to this work, orchestrating an atmospheric sound-world that includes previously recorded metal work, bespoke compositions, and a library of Memorial Silences.

An act of repetition and repair FORGE asks: what does it mean to preserve a site of collective trauma?

A Jewish woman with dark brown curly hair is welding an iron gate. She is wearing a distressed denim shirt and a brown leather apron as well as protective goggles and gloves. Sparks are flying from her welding tool. On the iron gates stands the word "AFTER" as seen from the back in reverse on the top section. The scene is washed in a traquil pale purple shade juxtaposed against the red hot glow of the welding, which illuminates the woman and the gate.
FORGE by Rachel Mars. Image by JMA Photography.

FORGE by Rachel Mars.