The work „Ein Weg durch das Moor“ by Fischli/Weiss is in northern Germany. The sculpture commemorates the Nazi violence and its camps, which has inscribed itself deeply into the landscape of the Emsland. Without a clear destination, it leads visitors through the forest behind the former Nazi forced-labor camp of Bathorn. Made of raw, untreated oak and lacking durable supports or non-slip surfacing, the path has been exposed to the cyclical growth and decay of the natural cycle since its completion in 1999.  In summer, it was time again to replace beams that had become too rotten and planks that had broken through. The old wood is left to the natural cycle and, in the end, will be decomposing. In that sense this artwork reads as a silent way out of that  violance that is still present trough the drained bog. I took a photograph of one of these fragments I had found along the path with a large format camera, in order to return it to the bog later. Only to know that this photograph, too, would merely represent a certain „hold-on“ and at some point itself would-have-been. That is, as Susan Sontag writes, because photographs also age, „plagued by the usual diseases of paper objects; they disappear.“


35 × 28 cm