I collected the names of all the students involved in the “Messages” project (about 400 pupils) and encoded them with the “Enigma” machine, used by Nazis during Second World War. A sound piece also runs through the space, telling the story of the destruction of my home town during World War II and its reconstruction over the past 60 years, mixed with archive testimonies from British SOE’s.
The work highlights the fragility of identity and stresses how the right to express differences was wiped out by the power of the mass.
It also questions the contradiction of the human spirit’s ability to destroy as well as reconstruct.
“L’objet de Notre Difference” was commissioned by the Study gallery of Modern Art , Poole