This series focuses on migration, displacement, memory and identity, working off a transcript from my own family archive. The document details the journey made by my Polish-Jewish grandfather and his parents across the Pyrenees mountains to escape Nazi Europe. I have resituated myself in the same terrain, capturing a dark and liminal territory that has witnessed the flight of hundreds of thousands of refugees throughout time. This work aims to open up larger questions around shifting territories, nation states and the status of individuals within them – all of which hold continued importance in today’s social, political and economic climate. Stories of persecution and migration are thread bound into the fabric of mankind’s history. The living memory of the Shoah is disappearing, and it is important to continue to share the stories of loss, trauma and survival - so that we too may reflect on what makes up our own humanity.
“It is ambiguity, not certainty, that poses a threat to our convictions and forces us into harder positions. But it is ambiguity that can – and should be – a provocation to thought.” - Eva Hoffman, After Such Knowledge
“Black milk of morning we drink you at dusktime
we drink you at noontime and dawntime we drink you at night
we drink and drink
we scoop out a grave in the sky where it’s roomy to lie...” - Paul Celan, Todesfuge (Death Fugue)