„CLOSED CITIES & THE BOX“: Our interview with photographer and designer Gregor Sailer about his new project focusing on a World War II secret

Ras Laffan - Excerpt from "Closed Cities" by Gregor Sailer.
Ras Laffan – Excerpt from “Closed Cities” by Gregor Sailer.

His new project is called „The Box“. Austrian photographer and designer Gregor Sailer takes a look at one of World War II’s secrets. Secret places, halls and production-places that have been installed in large caves under the earth. Back in the days of the war.

The National Socialists regime wanted to save their industry and administration by bringing them under the earth.

Photographer Gregor Sailer captured what is left of one of those places. The transatlantic diablog spoke to him about the ideas behind the project.

In September 2015 World War II has ended 70 years ago. What’s your personal look at the event?

We are the last generation whose grand-parents have experienced World War II. Personal stories of being captivated, of bombings and of trauma bring the war closer to us. Although it’s impossible to understand it like someone who has experienced it.

Another aspect is that architectural relics are still present until today.

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