French artist Éric Manigaud presents the final piece of his intensive research of European colonial history. Manigaud is celebrated for his monumental, photorealistic graphite drawings, that are based on historic photographic archive material that often bears witness to violent episodes in Europe’s evolution towards modernity. His drawings of e.g. wounded soldiers of the Great War, inhabitants of 19th-century mental institutions and early 20th-century crime scenes remain burned on the retina. By means of the often graphic nature of his drawings and their monumental scale, his works are a physical and disruptive experience that urges to remember painful parts of history that some would rather forget.
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