Looking Backwards is a hand-made artist book printed using Risography. It is a poetic exploration of the remnants of the site where Hilter’s house ‘Berghof’ near Berchtesgaden once stood. The house was built in a traditional style but on grander proportions and was the place where many important international diplomatic meetings took place in the lead up to World War II. During the war, the house in its idyllic location became a symbol for the values and culture that the Nazi’s espoused. The building was destroyed by the Americans after WWII but some residual foundations of the building can still be seen in this place. Slowly the trees have reclaimed the land. But it is still a highly contested site.
The book tackles the problem of the residues of war in text and image and is a meditation on place and history.
Link to the Berghof Project