CONFINED SPACES

Latest Work / Mixed Media

GESCHLOSSEMEN NIEDERLASSUNGEN (CONFINED SPACES)
WOOD, EMULSION, HOUSE PAINT, METAL, WIRE, FENCE, NAILS, OILPAINT, WHITE ACRYLIC PAINT PEN, OIL PASTEL, CEMENT, SAND, HESSIAN ON WOOD
120CM X 140CM

Part ofmy final module for my Masters degree. Confined areas was a key phrase in the Stillfried Report that recommended to the
Kaiser establishing concentration camps and work camps in SWA after the rebellion. 5 camps were established close to where there was a need for slave labour to build railways etc the most notorious being Shark Island named ‘Death island’ by German soldiers. Hessian sacks were often all the prisoners possessed for warmth.

The work encompasses a cut out ghostly faceless figure dressed in a torn hessian sack drilled onto a wood panel is trapped behind wooden barriers, fencing and wire. Written onto the barriers are the names of the 5 camps and quotes from historical text. Metal tags worn by prisoners logging their ‘number’ hang from the fencing. The mass graves across Namibia are a permanent reminder of the death camps and forced labour.