2020, Oil on linen, 50x40cm
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Block 2 is one in a series of paintings based on the interior walls of prison blocks in Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II Birkenau. Block 2 is one of the so-called ‘Reserve Blocks’, which have been preserved and maintained in their original conditions. Many of the interior walls of the brick blocks at the original Auschwitz camp had been painted when the camp was initially established as a detention camp for political prisoners.
Due to a number of the blocks being used as offices, accommodation and storage for the officers they were decorated, tiled and furnished accordingly, and would only later become the backdrop to hundreds of thousands of inmates’ barbaric imprisonment and final days of life.