Oppressive Architecture explores and documents the relationship between architecture and oppression in different historical moments - American slavery and German Nazism. Oppressive architectural structures are being photographed in a cross-section of places in both countries. The project examines similarities and differences in the inhumane ways that prisoners were forced to live and labor on southern plantations and in German concentration, labor, and death camps as represented by their architecture. It explores how these architectural structures continue to influence the contemporary landscape, its inhabitants, and our understanding of history. The project’s contribution is its documentation of a wide range of remaining physical structures of oppression. It also recognizes their historic value and raises questions about how architecture can be used to commemorate and reconcile a country’s past.
Prison Foundation and Remains of Electric Fence Vistula River (Where the Ashes from the Crematoria Were Dumped) “Sonderlager” of the Concentration Camp/Zone II of the Special CampFire Brigade Reservoir Built in the Form of a Swimming PoolSinksDissecting TableMain EntranceLoudspeaker on Roll Call AreaElectric Fence and WallRuins of Prisoners’ BarracksColonnade of the Congress HallArchitectural Camp ModelMain GateCamp RoadLatrines Crematorium and Place of Execution, “Valley of Death” Quarry Flossenbürg Watch Tower and Electric FenceMaintenance Building,Railway TracksFormer Concentration Camp Plaszow, KrakowGarage Complex and View over Part of CampSleeping Arrangement in Prisoners’ RoomTunnel where Forced Laborers had to assemble AirplanesZeppelin Grandstand with PulpitInterior of a Prisoners’ BarracksRoll Call Area Door to Crematorium from Execution TrenchRoll Call Area and HeadquartersRemains of the Barbed Wire Fence and TrenchKrematoriumSS Administration (left), Electric Fence, Prisoners’ Barracks (right)Heavy Load-Bearing BodyFoundation of the Prison (Flossenbuerg Memorial and Museum) Overseer’s HouseWomen's PrisonMorgue (Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum)Foundation of the House Prison and former Reich Aviation MinistryCongress HallZeppelin Grandstand Execution AlleySinksOppressive Architecture at the Schwerbelastungskoerper, BerlinOppressive Architecture at the Schwerbelastungskoerper, BerlinOppressive Architecture at the Schwerbelastungskoerper, BerlinOppressive Architecture at the Schwerbelastungskoerper, BerlinOppressive Architecture at the Contemporary Art Museum RaleighOppressive Architecture at the Contemporary Art Museum RaleighOppressive Architecture at the Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh NewsArtist StatementProject StatementsResumeBiographyContact Guestbook