Germany / Duration 4m 55s / 2014
The video narrates decisions that my great-grandmother made during her life. These decisions influenced the future and the destiny of my whole family, up to the current work and social status of me as an artist nowadays. The images are taken from my personal archive and the internet. Which parts of the story are true, and which are fiction, are not to be revealed, and the decision to believe the story as a whole is left to the audience.
The work is part of a larger project which deals with archiving as an artistic practice. In this work-in-progress process I archive every single thing of my personal belongings as a starting point, and turn findings like photographs into short videos and other art pieces.
I work in a variety of media. With a conceptual approach, I reflect on the closely related subjects of archive and memory. This often results in an examination of both the human need for ‘conclusive’ stories and the question whether anecdotes ‘fictionalize’ history. My artworks directly respond to the surrounding environment and use everyday experiences from my personal point of view as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. I make works that can be seen as self-portraits. Sometimes they appear idiosyncratic and quirky, at other times, they seem typical by-products of our daily lives. My works are an investigation of concepts such as authenticity and objectivity by using an encyclopedic approach and quasi-scientific precision and by referencing documentaries, ‘fact-fiction’ and local myths and legends. By using an ever-growing archive of my own personal belongings to create autonomous artworks, I try to approach a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way.
Additionally to my solo work, I work with the international artist group Global Alien and the video collective Cameracartell, as well as in collaborations with fellow artists and curators in order to organize shows and projects.
Outcasting: Fourth Wall (O:4W) is the first artists’ moving image festival for Cardiff, Wales. The festival commissions new site specific work and has regular screenings around the city and beyond.
O:4W is funded by the Arts Council of Wales Festival Fund and Cardiff Contemporary.
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