The project corresponds with a peculiar historical event in the art market: In September 1937, the extensive art collection of a Jewish art collector from Hamburg, Mrs. Emma Budge, was put up for forced-auction in Nazi Germany against her will. Until today many pieces are missing.

I delved into the archives together with the researcher of the collection’s provenance, which is working on reclaiming the artworks to this day. I sampled, manipulated and reconstructed archival materials digitally (in the form of collages and 3D modeling), and integrated my original photography works.

The project explores different themes surrounding source and evolution of art, while creating a visual dialogue between the past and present, facts and speculations. It confronts different questions regarding the role of the archive, preservation, and the manipulation of images and thus of meanings.