Naomi Safran-Hon

The paintings created in this project are made from a combination of materials that include photographic prints, cement, lace, fabric, and acrylic. The work explores the relationship between our built environment and the political forces that shape history and create the political realities of our lives. In this moment when the world is engulfed in wars and refugees are fleeing their homes, it is critical to reflect on What is Left Behind; What is Left To Take: When There is Nowhere to Return, when people are gone and only the structures are left behind. The artist will travel to the village of Oradour-sur-Glane in France to take photographs of what remained after the massacre that occurred there by German soldiers during World War II. Instead of rebuilding the village after the war, the French government kept it as is, so to create a memorial from the remains themselves. These structures contain the horrific actions that took place on this site and since they were never renovated, time has stood still. Although this site speaks of a war that ended already, it could be used to speak of similar political realities.