(swipe to see all) Finished project: Mine Medium: Photographs, C-Prints 50x30cm This project was inspired by my family background. It speaks about the 'Gastarbeiter' (guest workers) that came to Germany between the 50s and 80s in hope for a brighter future. I am sure that there are a lot of people out there who can relate to this and are as proud and thankfully for what their partens have enabled us thought hard manual labor. Dedicated to my father and my mother who came to Germany as 'Gastarbeiter' and stayed. The unknown worker resembles a memorial that reminds the viewer of not only the miners and their activities, but also of the region itself and its migration history. It honors all the people that had the courage to set out for a future that was unknown and that took matters into their own hands building a future for themselves and their children. I drew inspiration from Andreas Gursky’s ‘Hamm, Bergwerk Ost’, which acts as a memorial to the history of the region, the miners and their activities. By displaying various apparel from the miners, dangling from the celling Gursky might be pointing to the now dying occupation of the coal miner. The pieces of clothing seem like ghosts of all the now unemployed works that have helped the industry of Germany to be what it is today. Another source of inspiration was Sebastião Salgado’s body of work entitled ‘WORKERS’. Salgado documented the hard working people that make our world go round. Agricultural, industry and Construction workers where photographed with dignity and respect for their occupation. Furthermore, Salgado turned some of the individuals into memorials by portraying them in their working surrounding in a way that makes the workers blend in seamlessly with their place of work. That way the single individual became vicarious for all the workers at that occupation.