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ERDE, WIND & FEUER


ERDE, WIND & FEUER

 

These images are just a selection from a long-term project reflecting events within my family’s history around the time of the Second World War. All images were taken in the Donetsk region of Ukraine using a large-format camera and the tricolour photographic technique. Turning black and white photographs into colour allows me to reflect on these historical events within the photographic reproduction process.

 Millions of people lost their lives in the Donetsk region in the early 19th century. In 1945, my grandfather died in a prison camp in the area together with several thousand other people from Upper Silesia. We do not know where he is buried and all that remains is a small diary written in tiny script, which I inherited from my father. Many images spring to mind when reading such a powerful document. The long and inhuman train journeys, the work in the coalmines, hunger and starvation, and the awful living conditions. His failed escape through the woods, after which he was sentenced to death by hard labour in an iron foundry. And, perhaps hardest of all, his longing to be reunited with his family.

These images are an attempt to capture a ghost that has been buried by the immense brutality of history and is still manifested in the conflicts of today.

The exhibition took place at Noplace in November 2014.


November 22, 2014
 
 
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DIAPATI


DIAPATI

 

I was one of 20 photographers invited by the Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted (Norges Blindeforbund) to join an exhibition project that has so far been shown in Oslo, various European cities, and Tokyo. Never-before-seen paintings by Edvard Munch were shown side by side with photographs by Tom Sandberg and works by the other artists. We were tasked with visualizing and interpreting an ocular defect.

“Diabetes Retinopati” is inspired by the way that the brain compensates for blank spots in one’s vision by filling them with the content of the closest visual environment. Here I saw parallels with the retouching process used in digital photography postproduction. Ocular defects can often lead patients into difficult social situations and leave them feeling isolated. I used a glasshouse as a metaphor for this condition.

The final work approaches the problem from both the outside and the inside. The photographs deceive the viewer in many ways, creating a situation in which the viewer experiences a visual problem but remains unaware. Things that seem unreal at first turn out to be authentic, and vice versa.


August 5, 2009