Some kind of closure

I’m currently in France having just spent several days in Poland. The reason for this trip is mostly related to my Deathgate project, which I finished producing 2 weeks ago. Having physically completed the project, I wanted to return to where it started in an attempt to emotionally complete it.

I spent a couple of days at the Auschwitz camps (the primary influence for the work) while based in Krakow, and am now at the Fourwinds art centre close to Aureille in the South of France where I started developing and physically producing Deathgate nearly 3 and a half years ago.

I’m glad i’ve come back. Returning to Auschwitz brought a range of emotions, many of which I’m journaling about and probably won’t share. The visit did give me a sense of resolution and even relief now that the project is done. I was skeptical that I would feel anything like that. Now that I’m in France, I’m gathering my thoughts, editing photos from Poland, and writing a lot. I feel like this is exactly where I need to be, which is rare, special and not lost on me. I’ll share some photos over the next little while along with brief thoughts.

There’ll be more practical news related to the project very soon. The exhibition date is close to being locked in.

Here’s some photos from my visit to Auschwitz this week:

Photography: Dan Elborne.


As of November 21st this past week, I’ve finished my Deathgate project. 1.3 million handmade pieces over 1,242 days. To know the reason for the project, please follow this link: www.danelborne.com/deathgate.

In afew days I’ll be flying over to Europe to re-visit the Auschwitz camps (that catalysed the work) and the art center in France where I started the project afew years ago. Mostly for personal reasons and curiosity, I’m heading to those places wondering if they will bring a sense of closure to something that’s been a big part of my life for a while now.

I’ll continue to write and document as I go. For right now, I mostly feel relieved that the work is done, and am excited looking ahead to showing the work for the first time next year. I’ll announce dates quite soon.


From War

Now showing at Australian Parliament House, my work Five Hundred is part of a group exhibition titled ‘From War,’ which has been curated by the Australian National Veterans Arts Museum.

The exhibition features 22 stories of veteran artists and is showing from November 9th, 2018 to February 3rd, 2019. It’s an absolute honour to be part of this one. To see more details and the exhibiting artist list, follow this link: From War.

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Photography: Grace Yu.

Background photograph by Alec Shultz.