The ABC's of Torture and State Violence
The ABC’s of Torture and State Violence are a commissioned set of drawings about state violence and torture made on the pages of an English translation of Carl von Ossietzky’s collected writings, titled "The Stolen Republic, " 1971. After winning the Nobel Prize, hospitalized and still under surveillance by the National Socialists, Ossietzky attempted to share his experience of being tortured through a coded request to journalists. He expressed an interest in the subject of torture and asked if anyone could locate a book for him on medieval torture. I made this set of drawings as my response to his request. The drawings are a way to acknowledge the severe physical punishment and violence born by Ossietzky at the hands of a repressive state threatened by the power of his words and ideas.