Exhibition | Yellow Star Houses of Budapest | Irish Architectural Archive exhibition
Yellow Star House of Budapest is an exhibition of photographs by Nigel Swann.
The yellow star houses were unique to Hungary and Budapest: nowhere else in Nazi-occupied Europe were houses reserved for Jews marked with the yellow star. These stars were made out of cardboard. This was, after all, intended as an interim stage, en route to the death camps.
Around 1,600 former yellow star houses are still standing and in residential use today.
For the exhibition, Swann has created a series of rigorously formal images that comprise a visual typology of these often mundane-looking apartment blocks. The façades speak of both a darker and, until recently, a hidden history and a culture of forgetting.