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Inspired by dentures received from a 101 year old woman.

Ooops

2018

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2018

During the second half of World War II the prisoners, who now included women for the first time, were increasingly used as forced labourers in the arms industry. In order to accommodate the prisoners where they worked, the SS established several subcamps. Newly-arrived prisoners were transferred to these camps from the main camp. More and more, Mauthausen itself became a camp were the sick and weak were sent to die.

Of a total of around 190,000 people imprisoned in the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp in Austria and its sub camps over seven years, at least 90,000 died.

This piece was created after a recent visit to Mauthausen-Gusen.

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REFUGE

2016

More than a million migrants and refugees alone crossed into Europe in 2015. Many more have taken on this dangerous journey that often ends up in death, locked up in camps, abused and driven to the brink of starvation.

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HAUNTED

2016

The past that has been keeping up, does not define who we are today.

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FIRE

2018

When the selfie on social media does not always reflect the inner struggles we all go through in our daily lives.

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1935-1945

2015

The first mass deportation of Jews from Nazi Germany occurred in less than a year before the outbreak of war. It was the forcible eviction of German Jews with Polish citizenship fuelled by the Kristallnacht. Approximately 30,000 Jews were rounded up and sent via rail to refugee camps.

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INNER CONFLICT

2011

The inside that does not match the outside appearance. Society and its ways of nurturing us with prejudice and ideologies.

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LOve /lev/ (noun)

2009

1. an intense feeling of deep affection.

2. a person or thing that one loves.

MADE IN CHINA

2007

Child labor refers to the employment of children in any work that deprives children of their childhood, interferes with their ability to attend regular school, and that is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful.

Over 70 million children around the world work in hazardous conditions in agriculture, mining, domestic labor, and other sectors. On tobacco farms, children work long hours in extreme heat, exposed to nicotine and toxic pesticides that can make them sick.

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NOTICE

2012

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READ MY MIND

2000

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JAIME

2009

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LEBENSBAUM (Tree of life)

2010

An air filter, symbolizing the breath. The watch hand, the heartbeat. The tape measure, the time spent on earth and the time left. The nails, bolts and safety pin, important moments in life.

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LARRY

2011

Fearless, skirt wearing leader of an army of cat-fish creatures, that upon attack can only walk sideways. Rumor has it that the choice of clothing might have to do with this unique slow form of attack.

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KEY

2011

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CHALLENGE

2012

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IN-SPI-RA-TION (noun)

2013

The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. Return to sender.

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WORDPLAY

2012

Flower Power originated in Berkeley, California, as a symbolic action of protest against the Vietnam War.

Wordplay (also: play-on-words) is a literary technique and a form of wit in which words used become the main subject of the work, primarily for the purpose of intended effect, amusement or education.

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CROSSES

2008

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OPEN FOR BUSINESS

2014

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CHALLENGE- 2

2014

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BORN TO END IN A WOODEN BOX

1997

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