A Room For Life
Book | 1 Unique Copy | Cardboard, C-print, Drawing | 15 x 150 cm. | Variable Dimensions | 2010
Book Design Award, Kunst und Museums Bibliothek | Cologne, Germany
The memory book pays homage to Ukrainian forced Labourer (Ostarbeiterin) Nina Sawina,
who was brought to Germany in 1942 at age of 19. She was one of few women labourers,
who could speak German. Due to her knowledge of language, she became a spokesperson for
other women workers and voiced their demands to authorities. Soon she was labeled as
rebellion worker. As result of her reputation and her love affair with a German soldier,
Gestapo arrested her in 1944. Shortly after her arrest, she was executed. Her name has
been engraved on one of the cell’s wall of El-DE-Haus in Cologne.
Design of the book enables readers to browse from both sides, left and right. Based on
the side one turns the pages, the book illustrates a different story.
The right side embodies Nina Sawina’s fictional biography in Ukraine (East), and the left side
browsing, portrays her biography in Germany (West). However if one locates the book
vertically some hidden pages will be revealed.Those pages have been dedicated to her love affair.
Courtecy of Kunst- und Museumsbibliothek Köln
©2017 Mona Kakanj