Joe Mawson




‘Heck’ is the restaging of documentary imagery produced in the aftermath of the Selby Rail Crash of February 2001. A series of unfortunate events, the train wreck that resulted from a Land Rover coming off the M62 motorway and being struck by an early morning GNER express train. The derailed passenger train was thrown into the path of an oncoming Freightliner carrying coal to a nearby Ferrybridge Power Station. The disaster killed ten people and injured more than eighty. The driver of the Land Rover was unharmed and the only witness of the collision, and after a high profile criminal investigation, was later held accountable.

The Selby Rail Crash forms part of the social collective memory of a region, mediated through images and story telling. The work explores the time after the disaster, a time of investigation, blame, re construction and imagination in the pursuit of accountability. It is an exploration of my own art practice through apathy and tragedy of the incomprehensible and unseen horror.