Seafarers’ stories

In 2021 I worked with the National Archives to devise and deliver a week-long workshop, which supported young people to interpret archival documents and produce a short graphic novel about Indian Seafarers from the 1920’s.
These illustrations were produced for the cover and chapter headings of the final publication. They are based on the original documents used by the participants.

You can view the final work here. 

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?

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.