Memorabilia

»Memorabilia« is a room installation that is variable in size and shape. It can be adapted to the exhibition room. It consists of analogue photographs in six different formats. The starting material for the prints are negatives of all genres from the years 1909–1940. The majority are loans from the Ludwigsburg City Archives and were made available to me for my work. The rest were bought at flea markets and online platforms. The photographs hang at different heights in the occupied space. They point in different directions and partially overlap. The arrangement of the pictures and the composition of the installation are put together in such a way that the viewer is invited to take several perspectives, to enter the installation and to move within it.When making the prints, at least two negatives were placed on top of one another and exposed. The combination and layering of the negatives creates a newly generated image. It is a mixture of the negatives used, with some parts of one negative overlaying areas of another so that they are barely recognizable or disappear completely. The resulting photograph is alienated and the visible elements can no longer be assigned to the original negatives. In a portrait, for example, the faces of the negatives are changed in such a way that the people depicted can no longer be identified. This alienation takes place in all photographs. In addition, some images are severely overexposed or underexposed, blurry, areas have been retouched or details are cut out and enlarged. The look of every photograph is influenced by many variables, so that they become unique pieces that can hardly be reproduced.

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The photographic products were initially mementos. They had an emotional value that far exceeded their material value. Then they became witnesses of the times, they got a scientific and documentary meaning. The alienation creates a new world of images in »memorabilia«, in which the source material takes on a different role. Despite the rigorous manipulation of the images, they remain legible because they correspond to our collective memory. We recognize the different types of images, although the original motif is no longer identifiable. They are represented moments or situations that we as viewers could have experienced in a similar way. The photographs can be reinterpreted and read. Your own experiences or memories can be recognized in the photographs. Every viewer can make his own connection to the pictures and thus turn them into memorabilia.

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Memorabilia; 2021; Silver gelatine prints, poplar wood, magnets, waxed cotton cord & wire rope; Installation view Graben ABK-Stuttgart; 4 x 2.5 x 5.5 m (dimensions variable)