Category Archives: Photography

Transformer House Wall / Two Doors

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Despite their prohibition, graffiti advance further towards Moscow’s city centre. As a kind of non-conformist expression, graffiti are not tolerated. Instead of taking costly restoring measures, the public authorities have the house walls partially repainted in different colour shades of oil- and dispersion paint. Structured house walls come into being through these large multi-coloured sections.
Some house walls are systematically photographed, section-by-section, and then digitally pieced together to large formats. The texture of the wall and the paint structures are meticulously captured. A strong illusion of spatial depth is achieved by combining numerous individual perspectives. The wall sections with their repainted traces will be brought to other (exhibition-)spaces as large-sized photographic works/objects.

 

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Notes

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Slips of paper are pasted to the rear walls of Muscovite supermarkets or at bus stations. The public authorities remove them again. New slips of paper will be applied: These concern private offers and wanted ads for rooms, apartments, massages, computer assistance and instant loans. These notes built a thick layer of paper, which is fraying on the edges.
For the photo installation a section of the wall has step-by-step been recorded and digitally assembled. The composition of numerous individual perspectives translates the spatiality of the frayed paper to the illusion of the montage. These unofficial ads arrive as printout in another space.

 

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Notes  Zettel
Moscow. March 2010
Weißfrauen Diakoniekirche Frankfurt 2011
Installation / Exhibition View 
Photographs / Digital Montage
Pigment Print on adhesive-backed Film
500×150 cm

Residential Complex Algiers

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In the process of research certain leads directed me to a larg­e residential complex not far from the centre of Algiers. During the 1960s, the prominent architect Fernand Pouillon planned
several residential complexes for the French and Algerian population. His projects are remarkable due to their adjustment to the topography, their differentiated design of buildings and open space as well as the integration of traditional African elements into modern architecture. Pouillon’s large residential complexes still exist in our days, among Algiers’ citizens they are considered as much sought after places of residence.

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Residential Complex  Wohnkomplex 
Algiers 2009
Photographs

Круглий Дом Round House / Moscow

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A residential building in Moscow, constructed in the sixties, in the District of Matveyevskoye. The house is doughnut-shaped with a diameter of more than one hundred meters. A green area serves as its centre. The residential quarters embrace the courtyard and affect its atmosphere.
In the years 2006 and 2007, the Round House appears like a cell in the vast urban body of Moscow, a cell, where the changes of the entire city are filtered and illustrated in a decelerated fashion. The unsophisticated nature of details, in particular of windows and doors made of cheap materials and the explicit colouration, are not yet conform with the new Western lifestyle. The space of the Round House permitted the Soviet modes of everyday residential living in its practical and also decorative arrangements a prolonged survival. Photographs, video sketches and a projection draft relate to this transition.

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Круглий Дом  Round House  Rundes Haus 
Moscow 2006/07
Photographs, Video Sketches
View in the inner courtyard,
Perspective on the house from the residential building aside

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