In this talk photographer Marc Wilson will discuss his ongoing photography project, 'A Wounded Landscape' which deals with the shadow of the Holocaust. Based on a small number of stories, ‘A Wounded Landscape’ is being made at up to 250 locations throughout Europe and the former Soviet Republics.
The landscape of much of Europe and the former Soviet republics is marked with the tragedy of the Holocaust. There are nearly forty thousand sites, in Germany and in countries that the Germans occupied in the Second World War, where the Nazis and their collaborators systematically murdered nearly six million Jews and a huge number of people from other groups which they considered racially inferior, or for ideological and political reasons. These included Roma, homosexuals, the mentally disabled, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Communists, and also more than three million Soviet prisoners of war.
These sites are deeply connected to stories of individuals. Stories of those murdered in the camps and beyond, stories of the ever-shrinking number of survivors from this period of history, and stories of the second and third generation survivors, and beyond. Those left behind and remaining. Their families, homes, and culture torn apart.
Throughout these countries today, these sites persist. Sites where individual killings and slaughter on a mass scale took place. Destroyed communities and ghettos; internment camps, transit camps, labour camps, subcamps, concentration camps, extermination camps and displacement camps; the journeys to and from them and the landscapes that surround them.
This work is made up of photographs, (landscape, documentary, portrait and still life), oral histories and text. Based on a number of these stories and their connected locations, it is made up of a visual response to and document of these places.
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