oil, varnish and bleach on photographs, variable dimensions, 2015
The stockpile of images of contemporary wars, crimes, massacres, and disasters is omnipresent in today’s media. Between visualization and erasure, between symbolic redemption and repression, the images of the “Whitewashing” cycle are an attempt to deal with reality and, at the same time, the failure associated with it. The ‘whitewashing’ with the help of paint and bleach appears as an act of liberation, of rapture and forgetting. It materializes the hope of being able to erase the negative, the ugly, and the violent, and thus to develop a protection against the constant availability of the terrible. The white covers what is depicted as a veil and makes it unrecognizable to a certain degree. The images elude safe access to remain in a strange twilight state of white apathy and latent violence.