Against Nature, is a body of work that investigates the subjugated history of gay men living in Nazi Germany during World War II. Taking its name from “Paragraph 175,” part of the old German Criminal Code that criminalized acts of homosexulaity, this project explores the complex relationship between sexuality, authority and brutality. Using the colors red, black and white, the same color combination used for Nazi propaganda, this project creates new meaning in found photographs, juxtaposed with obscured portraits and still lifes.
By giving agency to the gay victims of the Nazi regime while simultaneously homoeroticizing their oppressors, these photographs explore a complicated and overlooked part of the Holocaust. This project gives voice to the nearly 15,000 homosexuals who were sent to concentration camps and forced into silence.