The landscape of much of Europe and the former Soviet republics, is marked with the tragedy of the Holocaust. There are nearly forty thousand sites, in Germany and in countries that the Germans occupied in the Second World War, where the Nazis and their collaborators systematically murdered nearly six million Jews and a huge number of people from other groups which they considered racially inferior, or for ideological and political reasons. These included Roma, homosexuals, the mentally disabled, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Communists, and also more than three million Soviet prisoners of war.
Throughout these countries today, these sites persist. Destroyed communities and ghettos; internment camps, transit camps, labour camps, sub camps, concentration camps, extermination camps and displacement camps; the journeys to and from them and the landscapes that surround them. Sites where individual killings and slaughter on a mass scale took place. The numbers involved are almost beyond understanding. Sites where life or death were decided; but also sites where positive actions took place and sites of hope, survival and memory.
The complete work will create a large archive of imagery. Made up of responses to these locations, visual documents of these locations, portraits of some of those involved, stories and histories. Beyond the archive will be a photography book complete with text and also exhibitions of the work.