Kunstbunker Portraits

These site-specific color digital C-prints were made for Submerge, an exhibition at Kunstbunker Forum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, an exhibition and performance space for contemporary art, which is located in a World War II air-raid shelter far below the city streets of Nuremberg, Germany. These spaces are common in Nuremberg. They were used to shelter the city’s population during periods of heavy bombing and to store fine art, beer, and other valuables out of harms way.

These long photographic exposures were made in the exhibition space with the lights off. They bring the grim aspects of the Kunstbunker’s history to the fore by making visible what can not be seen in the light – the eerie green glow-in-the-dark paint used to navigate the space during air raids and other periods without electricity. This use of light and shadow can be contrasted to Albert Speer’s dramatic use of powerful upturned spotlights to create the grand illusion of pillars reaching into the sky around Nuremberg stadium during Nazi rallies.