Oppressive Architecture explores how architecture was used in the development of the National Socialist terror system. I document the massive scale of oppression by photographing a wide range of places: concentration, labor, and death camps as well as propaganda architecture in Germany and Poland. I examine the inhumane ways in which prisoners were forced to live and labor in the camps. I also photograph propaganda architecture to show how the Nazis oppressed the general public with dominating structures and imposed their vision of a great German state.
These architectural structures continue to influence the contemporary landscape, its inhabitants, and our understanding of history. The project’s contribution to the architectural discourse is its documentation of physical structures of oppression. It also recognizes their historic value and raises questions about how architecture can be used to commemorate and come to terms with the past.