|Arm (C)hair, 2015. Reupholstered 1940's armchair, digitally printed canvas, upholstery pins. 90cm x 80cm x 85cm.|
I am very pleased to be showing a newly commissioned work 'Arm (C)hair' as part of 'Finding Treblinka', opening on the 2nd August 2015, and running until October 2015 at the Museum of Martyrdom and Struggle in Treblinka, Poland.
The work was commissioned alongside works by artists Hilary Jack, Dave Griffiths, Janine Goldsworthy and Michael Branthwaite to respond to the research of the Forensic Archaaeologist Caroline Sturdy Colls, who is also Professor in Forensic Archaeology and Genocide Investigation at Staffordshire University. The project and exhibition is supported by Staffordshire University and The Rothschild Foundation.
Arm (C)hair refers to the barbaric process of hair removal of all entrants to extermination camps, and how the hair was then used as a commodity for stuffing furniture and mattresses and making textiles. The hand drawn pattern printed onto the fabric depicts drawings of the hair combs found through archaeological research at Treblinka, which were owned by people who lost their lives in the camp. The fabric has been reupholstered onto an original 1940's European Armchair.
You can read more about the exhibition, alongside an exhibition of the seven year research project into the Treblinka site, on the Centre for Archaeology at Staffordshire University blog here.
Museum of Struggle and Martyrdom in Treblinka
08-330 Kosow Lacki
Open daily 9am -7pm.
2nd August 2015 until October 2015.