The images play on the ambiguity of photography as a documentary on the one hand and subjective medium on the other. The aim is a confrontation with traditional image memories. By taking away the familiar iconography from the photographs, it reveals itself in the viewer’s mind as the image is compared with people’ own memorised images. These unexpected images bring about confusion and reveal the links between individual and collective image memory.
The images raise the question of what forms remembrance will take in the future. Because the distance to the National Socialist reality of camps and genocide increases with time.
Will traditional images and codes in the viewers’ minds soon fade away, remain, or be replaced by new ones when memories can only be conveyed indirectly? And how will the authentic camp sites themselves be perceived in the future? The photographs in the "Grasnarben" series illustrate these uncertainties.
So far, 3600 "forgotten" prison and camp sites have been catalogued as part of the project" Germany, a memorial sites – a research project 1996 to ..." by the Karl Ernst Osthaus Museum in Hagen/Germany.