Renee van Bavel

LIFELINE

During my time as Artist in Residence at the Sachsenhausen Memorial I made the landscape artwork LIFELINE.  

LIFELINE is a 52-meter-long and 15-centimeter-wide “LIFELINE” made of earth in which wildflower seeds have been sown. It runs down the middle of an area enclosed in steel and filled with black stones, the outline of former prisoner barrack nummer 24 in the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp.   

 With LIFELINE I wanted to invite visitors to reflect:  Can and may new life arise in a place where so many people suffered, died and were killed? And how do we want to commemorate the people who suffered and died in this inhumane situation? Do we only remember their deaths, or can we also remember the life that these people lived?

With wildflowers, as different, in shapes and colours as we humans, as a mirror of our society.
With returning flowers, as a sign of strength and hope. 

Can there be room for hope in this place?