Regina Schmeken began photographing the sites of former National Socialist Underground (NSU) crime scenes in 2013. The NSU was a neo-Nazi terror group that went on a killing spree across Germany from 2000 to 2007, claiming the lives of ten people in the process, the majority of whom were men of Turkish descent.
Given that more than a decade had passed since the first killing when Schmeken began the series, the artist was faced with having to translate this dark chapter of German history through her own lens. An exhibition of these photographs, “Bloody Soil. Scenes of NSU crimes”, is currently on display at Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau through November 19.
Listen to Monika Müller-Kroll’s interview with Regina Schmeken.
Photo courtesy Regina Schmeken.