Berlin Mass Graves - Reflections on Death

PhotographerTim van Beveren
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

In Berlin mass graves cover an area of 80.000 m2, in which the victims of Nazi war and tyranny lie – many of them children, civilians, forced labourers, concentration camp victims, resistance fighters, victims of so-called “euthanasia programmes”, soldiers from far-flung nations and the unknown dead. Filmmaker and photographer Tim van Beveren, who has worked as a freelancer in wars such as in Iraq and Yugoslavia, led a media project with a group of young students from Berlin, Iran, Syria, Poland, Serbia, France and Portugal. They decided to work with black and white photographs to memorialize the effects of war and the ongoing presence of atrocity and death. This “painting with light”, carried out in the studio using digital collages and personal portraits on the subject of death and war, is presented as a memento mori. The final series (sizes 2m x 2m) is meant as reflections on death.