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FØRTIFEM


INSTALLATION “FØRTIFEM”

 

The “Førtifem” (“Forty Five”) installation uses several synchronized slide projectors to depict a train journey from Oslo to Debalzewo, Ukraine in 2013. It is edited according to the chronology of the route and emphasises the presence of humans in their physical surroundings as seen through the window of the train.

Alongside the device used to display the images, two asynchronous slide projectors show a typology of train station names and text. One shows excerpts from my grandfather’s diary, which describes his dramatic train journey in the depths of winter 1945 from Gliwice to a labour camp in Debalzewo, Ukraine. While his travels ended in death, my father and his family rode the train to freedom in 1978 from Gliwice to West Germany. Like my father and grandfather before me, I too embarked on my voyage at the age of 45.

The changing light images and the sound of the projectors emphasise the rhythm of the journey and the motions of the train and create an authentic experience of movement.

 

 

 

 

 


March 3, 2018
 
 
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FÜNFUNDVIERZIG


FÜNFUNDVIERZIG

 

The dummy book “Forty Five” (German title “Fünfundvierzig”) describes a sequence of image fragments that emphasise and contrast the presence of humans in their physical surroundings. Upon closer examination, the viewer becomes aware that all the images are shot through train windows.

The photographer’s journey is inspired by the rail journeys taken by earlier generations of the family, following the tracks from Ukraine to Oslo through present-day Europe. In 1945 this journey led to death; in 1978, it led to freedom. The confrontation becomes catharsis. Ukraine is both the trigger and the conclusion, making it the natural starting point for the book. Texts based on the individual journeys of each family member complement the image sequence while at the same time putting together the pieces of the puzzle. At this point in the journey, each family member turned 45.

The book’s narrative challenges questions of forced immigration, which has influenced the lives of countless families in Europe and the world as a whole, both in the past and the present.

The dummy book was short-listed for the NORDIC DUMMY AWARD and formed part of the exhibition tour to several Nordic countries and institutions.


September 5, 2017