Verdun, France
Assorted Verdun shards
06 Verdun, France

While contemplating the city of Verdun as a shrine of World War I, Fred became a witness of his time by collecting a few slivers of glass. Fred’s journalistic memory of Verdun led me to create a fictitious newspaper. I imagined a scenario where he might have wrapped the shards in a local paper before transferring them in an envelope labeled with his mother’s name and address in Seattle. From being a witness he becomes a participant in the duty to remember what has happened and convey it to others.

Armelle Le Roux, with Daniel Ziegler

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