(2018 – ?)
This year marks half a century since the Apollo 11 lunar landings, when humans first set foot on the moon. Amongst the commemorations at least a part of this story, that of the chief engineer behind the vast Saturn moon rockets, will likely be downplayed, and perhaps even forgotten entirely.
Wernher von Braun lived a life of two contradictory halves. In his last thirty years he built rockets which landed men on the moon, he met with presidents, appeared on television, and received plaudits and accolades. But in his first thirty years he worn an SS uniform and built ballistic missiles for the military of Nazi Germany, amongst them the V-2, a forty-foot terror weapon which killed thousands of civilians before the end of World War II.
Employing an unconventional narrative structure to draw together imagery from these two contradictory lives in contrast against each other, Wv.B uses the moral complexities of von Braun’s life in order to expose the problematic histories, conflicted loyalties and deceptive rhetoric of space exploration.
-Shortlisted for the LUMA Rencontres Dummy Book Award 2018, and the Aftermath Grant 2018.