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From the series Cover, 2010/11

Indian ink and graphite on paper, 59,4 x 168 cm

The Cover series reflects how the public media deals with death. How can looking without being able to look take artistic form? The large-format drawings show landscape-like silhouettes. These turn out to be the outlines of cloths that protect victims of violence on the streets of our cities from the prying eyes of passers-by. The starting point for the drawings are images of fatalities researched in the mass media. Before the images of the dead are exposed to the public gaze in a media-effective manner, the victims are veiled, partly for reasons of piety, partly to lessen the frightening sight. The veiling obscures the tragic event and at the same time brings it out again through the curiosity and imagination of the viewer. As the eye becomes more and more sensitive, the inner structure of the contour gradually concretizes the position of the body that has been reconstructed in the drawing. The reduction to the contour of the shroud on a white background and the bodies that can only be guessed at contrast with the opposite black surface, in the middle of which the life dates of the deceased are written. In this way, the disappearance, the void of death, becomes imaginable – a memento mori.