German Tourist Poster Drawings

100cm x 75cm each, ink and watercolour on mounting board, 2012 (RMIT University Collection, Melbourne)

German Tourist Poster Drawings borrow the visual language of advertising to explore ideas of memory, history and national guilt.

Examining the way in which macabre sites and shrines have been manipulated by the industry, they depict buildings constructed during the Nazi regime in the 1930s which have now been converted back into tourist attractions and hotels or, in the case of Anne Frank's house in Amsterdam, buildings associated with the regime.

The images reflect Germany's recent willingness to come to terms with its past but, written in English, the posters highlight Britain's continued obsession with the Second World War.