Don DeLillo – Baader-Meinhof, 2011.
Set in a museum of contemporary art, MoMA, New York, in a gallery displaying a series of fifteen paintings by Gerhard Richter – 18 October 1977 – showing the dead bodies of the leaders of the German revolutionary Baader-Meinhof group. The main activists in the group Ulrike Meinhof, Gudrun Ensllin and Andreas Baader were held at Stammheim prison, and all were found dead in the cells with their deaths attributed to suicide.
In Don DeLillo’s story a man and a woman have a conversation about the paintings which becomes an aesthetic engagement – a questioning of the subject matter and the motivations of the subjects – that emerges through the duration of looking at the paintings. The woman’s feelings for the paintings change from complicated emotions to confusion to love.
Thanks to Haqi Ali – Director of Photography