GUERRA CIVILIA


2009


This work looks at Bilbao during the Civil War in the 1930's. It is informed by photographs found in a small archive in Bilbao. Some tackle the story of the refugees that left under Franco's rule, and others the slightly surreal, carnivalesque celebrations of the time. 
The images were produced using lithography, scratchboard, linocut and pen and ink during an exchange to UPV in Bilbao in 2009.

German-English Illustrator and Artist based in Brighton, UK

My work explores how illustration can be used as an active tool for understanding, interpreting and re-evaluating dominant narratives and discourse about historical events. How can illustration add to our understanding of history, how can it challenge it, and what is the value of providing alternative viewpoints to the mainstream?

I am interested in exploring and highlighting the ways in which history is recorded, suppressed, remembered and distorted. I have become particularly interested in how meaning and underlying power structures contained within archival records can be interpreted through the act of drawing. Often working with archival artefacts and personal testimony, I create narrative sequences and visual essays that explore my own relationship to history.