In her work about transgenerational trauma, „Following the Footprints of a Child’s Broken Heart – Gestapo “Children’s Home” Bad Sachsa“ as well as within her campaign against sexual violence and child sex abuse, Lili works almost exclusively in the sphere of object art.
Lili’s mother, Ingrid von Seydlitz, born in 1934, was subjected to the ravaging effects of World War II. She was one of the 46 children banished from their home to Bad Sachsa, central Germany, after the failed attempted coup of July 20, 1944. General Walter von Seydlitz, Lili’s grandfather, had turned against the National Socialist dictatorship. A prisoner of war in 1943, in Stalingrad , he was one of the founders of the Federation of German Officers (BDO) as well as, the National Committee “Free Germany”. As a result of the failed coup attempt, Hitler and Himmler implemented the “Sippenhaft” policy of collective punishment for family members of those involved in the attempt. Numerous wife’s and mothers, along with older children, were held in prisons or concentration camps. The so called “children’s home” in Bad Sachsa served as a place to imprison the youngest children.
After 72 years, in August 2016, Lili traveled with her mother back to Bad Sachsa. Today, four of the original 7 houses still exist. Mother and daughter had absolutely no contact for over 11 years due to the painful wounds and rejection that stood between them. The shared experience of returning to the place where such oppressive and traumatic events occurred, in many aspects was transformative for both of them. Thus, becoming a very touching and reconciliatory experience. For a long time, Lili was deeply aware that her mother’s trauma from the war, tied her hands and closed her heart. Through physically being in Bad Sachsa together, Lili realized further how deeply a mother and daughter are subconsciously connected. They stayed 3 days in Bad Sachsa working on site. Later, the work continued in Lili & Jesko’s art space, the Bel Etage. A whole room was dedicated to this theme by creating an environmental object art installation. With this installation, Lili hopes to encourage the dialogue between generations, especially between war children and grandchildren in Germany.
With the campaign against sexual violence and child sex abuse, which formed the focal point of Lili’s work spanning the years 1991 – 1998, she already worked almost exclusively in the sphere of object art. Her works ranged from small objects right up to room filled installations. In 1996, she was awarded 1st prize for the works “Silent Night, Holy Night and Circumstancial Case 1 – 45” in the European Competition for Contemporary Art, Salon de Printemps, Letzeburger Artisten Center in Luxemburg.