Souvenirs for the Unwitting

Archival pigment prints and ceramic in solander box, 5.5 x 24.5 x 17.5 cm (closed), 2017

Using souvenirs of historical disasters as a point of departure, Souvenirs for the Unwitting presents a series of commemorative objects. Traded on the internet, these mementos have been transformed into collectables, increasingly distant from the catastrophic moments they depict.

The work draws upon the historical connection between print culture and commemoration to explore the ways in which the past becomes commodified, collectable and safe.