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ERDE,WIND & FEUER


ERDE,WIND & FEUER

The selected images represent a small extract from my long term project which reflects events within my family’s history around the time of the 2ndworld war. All images are taken in the Donetsk area in Ukraine with the help of a large format camera and the Tricolor Photographic technique. By turning black and white photography into color this technique allows me to reflect on the historical events within the photographic reproduction process.

Millions of people lost their lives in the Donetsk area in the beginning of the 19 century. My Grandfather died there in a Prison camp in 1945 together with several thousands other Upper-Silesians. His grave is unknown and what´s left behind is a small calendar book written in tiny script, which I have inherited from my father. Many images spring to mind when reading a document as strong as this diary. The long and inhuman train journeys, the work in the coalmines, hunger and starvation and the generally terrible living conditions. His failed escape through the woods that led to being sentenced to death by hard labour in an Iron Foundry. And maybe hardest of all – his longing to see his family again.

The selected images are trying to catch a ghost that has been buried by the immense brutality of history and is still manifested in the conflicts of today.

 

 

 


November 16, 2014
 
 
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Pylod


PYLOD

A long term project,which started on my journeys to the Alps in 1994. Pylod is mainly a semi documentary short film, but also gave the name to an extended project, consisting of photographs, drawings and an installation.

The movie depicts with its intimate filming and expressive sound, a mechanical parallel existence, with a relentless rhythmical willingness. With poetic, repetitive and romantic imagery, it takes the viewer into a mechanical world. The encounter with the machine as a seductive organism is also a meeting with the darker reasoning of the human mind. Associations such as restlessness, longing, loss, impotence and loneliness intrude into the images of a powerful and frozen mountain realm.

Pylod was realized in the period between 1997 and 2000. It received 3 prizes and was shown on 22 short film festivals world wide.


January 2, 2013
 
 
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Transitor


TRANSITOR

The project was realized in 2005 at two of Hydros working facilities in Neuss, Germany and Rafnes, Norway. Stepping through the entrance door of the plant transferred the mind into a parallel dimension reflecting the world of science and emotion.

It was shown together with work of Guri Dahl, Dag Alveng and Anton Corbjin in a public exhibition in Frogner Park in Oslo. That day also marked Hydros 100 year anniversary.


January 2, 2013