There are thousands of former Nazi camp sites all over Europe. Some of them are highlighted as places of remembrance of the Nazi period. They contain memorial sites and information points, and memorial and grave stones were erected, and at some sites remains of the camp buildings still exist. Other former camp sites have never become part of the public memorial culture. The now serve other purposes or appear to be “forgotten”.
Architectural reminders can nevertheless still be found there. These may include parts of fencing, barbed wire, rail tracks, railway sidings, remnants of huts and foundations, and sometimes even almost fully intact buildings.
Such building fragments have been used by photographers and editors since the post-war years to imbue these places of Nazi terror with specific photographic equivalents. This has created a specific, recurrent visual public remembrance code. Whether photographs of public memorial sites or
those of former camp sites that are not specifically labelled as such: The viewer perceives familiar, expected images.
The series "Grasnarben" examines the following questions: What remains visually, when the photographs do not include any traditional Icons? What content can a photograph convey when the historic context of the objects shown can no longer be decoded? Will these unexpected images be charged with the meaning of the images etched in memory? Or are new associations formed with the terrible events in the camps?