A while ago I watched the documentary ‘Night will Fall’ on the liberation of the concentration and death camps in Europe in 1945. Sequence after sequence showed graphic images of degradation, death and horror. Then there was a short interview about the first images from Dachau after liberation. These images were seen and shown in the negative and the shock of the power of those images has stayed with me for a long time.
This work is the first in a series exploring that power of the negative to dislocate your expectations and make you look again. Janette Winterton in an essay many years ago in the Guardian newspaper said that was the purpose of art.