The Haiku Foundation honors the work of contemporary masters of the dual art of haiga: visual image wedded to haiku. This month’s featured artist is Toni Piccini.
Toni Piccini was born in Trieste, Italy, where he lives. You can find personal information on Toni in his previous gallery.
Of this new collection, the artist writes:
It is impossible to estimate with precision the number of civilians exterminated by the Nazi regime before and during the Second World War. In the stalags about 12,000,000 were killed, of whom some 6,000,000 were Jews
— on January 20, 1942, the extermination of all the Jews in Europe was agreed upon and scheduled at the Wannsee conference
as well as other groups of people considered inferior or loathed by the Nazi regime, primarily Gypsies (Roma), homosexuals, the disabled, and, of course, political opponents (the first of which were locked up in Dachau, March 22, 1933).
The haiku present in this haiga gallery are contained in Toni’s book Auschwitz e simili, with text in Italian, English, German and Hebrew, and informatively annotated.
horses of steam
carousels with little horses of steam — the children are finishedphotograph and text 2018
lump of coal a detainee draws the sequel to Guernicadrawing of Zoran Mušič, archive of ANPI\VZPI-ANNPIA of Trieste, Revoltella Museum-Trieste photograph and text by Toni Piccini 2018
pink red black brown triangles and a yellow star — a nazi rainbowphotograph and text 2018
a holocaust denier burns the history books in his kitchen ovenphotograph and text 2018
Mauthausen, Dachau, San Sabba, Auschwitz, Sobibor, Treblinka, Dora the rolling faces of Nazi dicephotograph and text 2018
the straight road
“Women and Children first” — straight the road to the gas chambersphotograph and text 2018
of the two sisters I talk with the dead one — the echo of the stonesphotograph and text 2018