Displacement Theory is a sculpture by Neil Molloy. It provokes questions and symbolises the journeys made during the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.
Sacks, bundles and suitcases, hurriedly packed with precious possessions makes every one unique. Each piece provides a glimpse into the identities of the owners. Their isolation and fear can only be imagined as they each head towards unknown destinations.
The suitcase bears a name, that of Zdenka Fantl, or properly Zdenka Fantlova. A Holocaust survivor, liberated from Bergen Belsen in May 1945, Zdenka's suitcase is on display amongst hundreds of others at Auschwitz where she was also a prisoner.
A play on words, the title 'Displacement Theory' is a reminder of how easy it is for such grave events to be removed from our memory. And in particular long term memory, where the information has not been consolidated. It also suggests the displacement of survivors who after a conflict may not have a home to which to return, or of goods discarded when they become too heavy to carry.
These pieces form the core of the exhibit. In 2015, Displacement Theory will grow to include further elements and be set in a permanent outdoor location. It will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen Belsen in April 1945, in which troops from the Durham Light Infantry were involved.
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