The image depicted – taken from The New York Public Library's Picture Collection — shows a destroyed jacket worn by a person who experienced the Nagasaki explosion. Stiegeler's treatment of the archival image falls within her repertoire of appropriation; in which she veils the original material to disconnect it from its source depiction. The jacket — an item that connects with the artist's interest on fashion — hangs on a chair, representing the immediacy and vulnerability of nuclear war, drawing attention to the negative space a body leaves behind, a remembrance of the ‘atomic shadow’ phenomenon.
Hanna Stiegeler (Germany, 1985) is an artist who draws inspiration from historical and contemporary photographic material inclu-ding prints, textiles and installation. Her works delve into topics such as feminism, consumerism, and psychology and explore the surfaces of advertising and fashion.