DEAR GERMANYLatest Work / Mixed Media
INK, RUST, EMULSION, CASTING PLASTER, HESSIAN, CHALK, WHITE SPIRIT, GOLD PEN ON RECLAIMED HOUSE BLIND
170CM X 190CM
A ‘letter’ to Germany forms one of the final pieces of my Masters, reflecting the ongoing struggle for and apology, reparations and true justice. Inspired by a statement from Nokokure Veii, Chair of the Ovaherero Genocide Foundation:
“….we have been trying to get restitution…or even an apology frommthe Germans. But it is not coming forth
And we are just being swept aside as if nothing happened….
We don’t want development aid. We want reparations for what happened…
One may think it is because we are Africans.
Is it why we are being treated differently?
..a genocide is genocide”
January 2019, OGF Facebook posting
The artist obtained consent to use these powerful words.
A house blind was reclaimed and used as the base material as an item used every day to ‘shut out’ or be ‘open’ – Germany has so far chosen to shut out the whole truth. An apology has been made but it continues to refuse to pay reparations, instead using ‘developmental aid’ as a means to what is perceived by many as control. The Herero continue its legal battle in the US courts.
The blind was soaked in water and white spirits before being left covered in scrap rusting metal pieces, outside for weeks. The metal pieces carefully chosen implanted rust prints on the blind, so a cross sits in the bottom left corner and figures appear to walk across a landscape. Skulls and heads are printed in black ink and red emulsion, while a piece of hessian hangs down the right side.