2020, Oil on linen, 50x40cm
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Block 11 is one in a series of paintings based on the interior walls of prison blocks in Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II Birkenau. The highly stylised hand-painted walls of Block 11 jar with the atrocities we know occurred within them. Block 11 was commonly known by prisoners as ‘the Death Block’, where defiant prisoners were subjected to extreme torture ultimately resulting in death.
The arrow sign would have been added to the wall after the camp’s liberation and signifies its transformation into a living museum, which was initially staffed by former prisoners.