pigment ink on water color paper, mounted on aluminum composite board
This drawing is based on a photo of my grandfather as a soldier in Nazi-occuppied Norway during World War II. Smoking his pipe while relaxing at the Wehrmacht barracks, he writes a letter, possibly to his loved ones back home. But apart from a few harmless anecdotes, his true experiences during the war will remain untold. When the drawing plotter executes the digital template, small errors accumulate and lead to inaccuracies, distorting the motif in an unpredictable manner — just like the sparse recollections of the long-since deceased grandfather, when they are passed on from one generation to the next.
The piece is part of an ongoing project, based on old family photos and stories passed down to me by living and deceased relatives. Their personal narrative is set against the backdrop of history. For the sake of general validity, individuals are replaced by fictionalized versions of themselves. Symbols, historical figures and names are substituted by my own inventions. The focus is not so much on verifiable historical facts but on uncertainties and ambiguities, secrets and unproven claims.