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Pflege: Zwischen Zwangshandlung und kultureller Heldentat

(translation: "Care: Between Compulsive Act and Cultural Heroism") Staged photography, video, performance and installation, 2004 Motorenhalle. Projektzentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Dresden

I put together an extensive collection of such photographs from the newspaper (which laid the foundation for this work) and, in collaboration with six young students from the art school in Dresden (HfBK), used this subject matter to develop a series of staged events. The resulting photographs and the making-of video material were joined by additional images, objects and film/video works to become an installation nearly 500 m² in size.

Over the course of the ten-day exhibition, we constantly changed the space, further defining it with our daily 'caring activities' (performances). Many visitors to the exhibition took advantage of the opportunities to actively participate in the process.

The various elements in the exhibition playfully referred to and related to each other. The correlation between "caring" and performative demonstrations of identity, as well as the obsessive nature of such pursuits, became tangible.


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MORE about the others involved in this project:

  • Angela Böhme (staged photo)
  • Thilo Fröbel (camera for staged photos)
  • Annett Gerlach (staged photo, installation, performance)
  • Katja Hoffmann Wildner (films, staged photos, installation, performance)
  • Anna Krebs (staged photo, installation, performance)
  • Franziska Scherner (films, staged photo, installation, performance)
  • Robert Thiele (video camera, assistence for staged photos)
  • Kristina Tost (films, staged photo, installation, performance)