Collage on MDF
1000 x 50 cm (in 10 parts)
About the work
I found a book called Unser Österreich from a flea market in Berlin. It was a German propaganda publication from 1938, a book that contained black and white pictures of a country that shortly thereafter became part of the Nazi empire.
I cut the pictures out of the book and with collage technique turned them into a landscape. It was sort of an impossible puzzle to complete as the pieces didn’t match, a slow manual process to fit the pieces together. The result is a 10-meter long collage that is seemingly cohesive, yet at the same time the artificial nature of the landscape is obvious. This creates the perception that the piece forms a cohesive picture one moment and a fragmented one the next. When looking at the work, you can notice your own desire to see something cohesive and on the other hand something imperfect.