Following is a series of drawings titled "Destination Unknown" - this work was exhibited in Berlin's Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Studies) in June 2017. Each work is titled "Unbekannt" - the German word for "unknown." The text and pattern in the drawings is from a rubbing taken from sections of a monument to the victims of the Nazis in WWII on Platform 17 in Grunewald train station in Berlin. The inscriptions, rendered in high relief on horizontal bronze forms, tell you the number of victims exported on a given date and their destination. On three of the forms, the destination was unknown - unbekannt. The particular sadness of these three was deeply touching. They were also a reminder that, right now, there are people the world over being "disappeared" as a result of forced migration, war, and genocide. This work is dedicated to those disappeared, past and present.
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Following are some additional drawings that didn't make it into the exhibition installation for reasons of space or because they are other versions of the works in the installation. Those with a seemingly darker background are not true to the original but the result of making photographs in poor light - they will be replaced with better, scanned, versions anon.
The Listeners: the following set of drawings in ink was made over the course of nine months, October 2016 - June 2017, at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin during the once-weekly colloquia or talks given by the Fellows, many of whom were scientists and historians. I became fascinated by the observation of deep listening to scientific and historical truths in this current climate of non-listening, denial of science, and fake news. In a few cases I have included the talkers, but my primary interest was in the listeners.
The drawings were included in the June 2017 exhibition, referenced above. The "listeners" are identified by first name and, in some cases, the initial of their surname. Some listeners were unknown to me so are identified only with a question mark; the drawings are numbered according to how they were exhibited. Some works, such as the large "Colloquium" pieces only exist as Digital works. These are amalgamations of the ink drawings and resemble the actual circumstances in which the ink drawings were made. Most of the works are available as limited edition Giclee prints.
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