You can only scratch the surface
The series of scratched photographs x100 is closely related to another work by Van Doorn and Nabuurs – …but now it needs to be done… the video-series documenting public interventions performed by the artists in six European countries, as a kind of a penance, or an exercise in submission. The same repentant dimension is manifested by the photographs; the locations depicted can be seen as lieux d’oubli, which have been deprived of their meaning either as a result of passive or active modes of forgetting. The role of photography, devised to document events of great importance or treasure precious moments, is here compromised as the images attempt to retrieve (or reconstruct) the unwanted memories, suppressed by the postwar strive for progress.
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