Black Headscraf

2013, Photo album, different papers, acryl, gaze, 34 x 21 x 6 cm,

An old family album is filled with mental links to the past: letters, photographs, texts … It is an attempt at reconstruction. Bringing back the past by means of the present. But how much truth is there? And how much utopia is reflected in it? Because memory is a mixture of truth and decorative accessories. The greater the temporal and spatial distance, the more the truth content is reduced to a sediment. What remains is the essential – a metaphor about time and space: childhood and home.

This work is available as a physical object or video.

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Borderliner

The focus of this work is on the boundaries between inside and outside and between reality and fiction. This boundary is symbolized by walls of varying texture and seemingly permeable places (windows) that only further obscure the view of what lies behind.

The photographic prints were sewn onto paper with thread, the stitching of which runs along the edge like Morse code. The act of sewing is hurtful and healing at the same time, like stitching a wound.

In contrast to the objectivity of the photograph is the painterly abstraction of the child’s drawing, which is a border to a particular degree: for the child’s drawing always wanders along the fine line between observation of the external environment and expression of the inner state of mind.

For this work I have collected drawings of 3 to 5 year old children, and let myself be inspired by them.

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Letters from Utopia

The letter is a relic from the pre-digital age. It connects people in distant places. It is thus an expression of the physical distance and the spiritual closeness between people. It is a metaphorical bridge between now and then, between here and there. “Utopia” is a constructed place that feeds on memory. It never existed, yet it has an impact on the now, which is consumed with longing for it.

In this work I have collaged historical photographs and my own photographs, some of which I have alienated, with old letters. Cutting them up and putting them back together in a collage is like the mental process of remembering. The stitching together is hurting and healing at the same time, like the stitching of a wound.

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Drum Bun

What is memory? Nothing else than a collection of data in the long-term memory, which must be neither objective, nor complete, nor true. It is also not always available. But remembering is at the same time a creative process, which has to be reinterpreted again and again and is therefore subject to constant change. The room installation shows 7 processed sheets of paper hanging from the ceiling by a thread. Every breeze created by a passing visitor sets the sheets of paper in motion, so that the view of the work is constantly changing.

Exhibition, Art Award Aichach, 2014
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Mothers and Sons

In almost all societies where infanticide is practised, female children are particularly affected. Female infanticide usually occurs in patriarchal cultures where there is a strong preference for men and a devaluation of women.

Wikipedia

There is a special relationship between a mother and her son – they say. In many societies, male offspring are considered more valuable than female. In 2015, I processed a postcard from my collection every day – mostly motifs with Mary and Jesus. In the end, there were 365 collages about motherhood and childhood.

This was an annual project suggested by Antje Fischer, realized together with Antje Fischer and Marlies Achermann-Gisinger. All works of this project were presented to the public in the joint exhibition “Point of Opinion” in Münsingen.

Exhibition Point of Opinion, Münsingen 2015
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Evidence

The photo album is a metaphor of doubting one’s own existence – a documentation of traces that becomes worthless when no one remembers the stories behind the pictures. I bought this photo album at the flea market and re-stocked it – an archive of traces with stories that open up to each viewer in their own way.

This work is available as a physical object or video.

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Below the Surface

2014, photo album, photography, mixed media, wax, 27 x 19 x 8 cm

A surface is the outer shell of an object. A surface envelops, protects and conceals secrets. The leather cover of a book or photo album is, literally, the skin that protects the pages and thus also the contents. Since the invention of the camera, it has become a tradition in the Western world to preserve the collective memory of a family in photo albums and thus document one’s own origins. It was passed on from generation to generation.

However, the collective memory does not last (Aleida Assmann) and after three generations it has changed so much that a family album can lose its ideal value. I buy such family albums, which have obviously become worthless, at virtual flea markets. I dissolve their collective memory in order to create a new, universal one.

In this work I invite the viewer to cast their voyeuristic gaze into an unknown photo album. Page by page, layer by layer, he penetrates deeper beneath the surface of a cryptic narrative – a story that opens up to everyone in a different way.

This work is available as a physical object or video.

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Home is Somewhere Else

2013, Photoalbum, mixed media, 34 x 21 x 6 cm, Mittelschwäbisches Heimatmuseum Krumbach, Art Award of the town of Krumbach

This work is based on the following statement:

“Home, once lost, is always somewhere else.”

EKH

The piece focuses on an obsessive search for a place of identification and belonging. I describe it as a long car ride without arrival because every apparent arrival makes you painfully aware, that homeland isn’t where you searched for it. The book is an old family album filled with my own photographs, which I mostly took out of the moving car. I also manipulated them in a way, so they look old. In so doing present melts into past and reality into fiction.

This work is available as a physical object or video.

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