Naked tag is quite a strange activity in itself, but one group of ‘artists’ decided to play the frisky game in a Holocaust gas chamber where 65,000 people were killed, all in the name of art.
The project entitled ‘Game of Tag’ was filmed in 1999 by Polish visual artist Artur Żmijewski and exhibited in Krakow in 2015. Although the footage was released two years ago, the obscure location was only revealed this year.
Naturally, the exhibit has caused outrage. Chief Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff told the BBC that “It’s really outrageous. I hope the Polish president will put in place regulations to make sure stuff like this doesn’t happen again. It was banned in Germany; Estonia took it down when we contacted them. In Poland for some reason, which lost six million people – three million Jews and three million Poles – they didn’t get it.”
As the video was viewed by a virtually unbothered Poland, it raises the question, have some become desensitized to the atrocities of the Holocaust and Nazi Germany? Lawyer David Schonberg who is based in Jerusalem noticed the horrific location after watching the video and spoke to the BBC, claiming that “This is a problem that needs to be addressed. If people are not sufficiently sensitive to the terrible acts of the Holocaust and do not respect its victims, then proper conduct in the sites in Poland cannot be properly secured.”
On the Warsaw Art Museum’s website, Artur Żmijewski has a statement declaring that the people in the video are having fun but are aware of the seriousness of their location, they know that they’re in the gas chamber of a former Nazi extermination camp. But to anyone watching, it doesn’t quite look that way.