During research I noticed a large amount of older osteological bone archives are physically marked and labelled on the bone material itself. I also became aware of communities that celebrate their relatives by painting their remains and having them on display. This idea of marking bone intrigued me.
I started to consider how I might use this idea within my project, first I explored the war crimes that have occurred since the Hague Convention. I looked at dates and roman numerals as a way of distinguishing these awful events but so many of them overlap that it simply started to feel clear cut or a good representation of the events. I then started to look at language and the words used to describe the atrocities:
- Buried alive
- Chemical weapons…
I then tried to discover which nation was the least aggressive with a history of the least recent conflict and that country is apparently Iceland.
Using google translate I translated these words into Icelandic. This process is a conflict in itself violent words spoken in a non violent language. I like this juxtaposition!