ERI KASSNEL

BOOK - OBJECTS

Home is somewhere else/ Heimat ist anderswo, 2012, Photography, Photo-album, different papers, 34 x 21 x 6 cm, Mittelschwäbisches Heimatmuseum Krumbach, Art Prize of the town of Krumbach

video, 2014, 3:13 min

 

The piece focuses on an obsessive search for a place of identification and belonging. I describe it as a long car ride without arrival because every apparent arrival makes you painfully aware, that homeland isn’t where you searched for it. The book is an old family album filled with my own photographs, which I mostly took out of the moving car. I also manipulated them in a way, so they look old. In so doing present melts into past and reality into fiction.

 


Black headscarf/ schwarzes Kopftuch, 2012, book-object, Photography, photo-album, different papers, acryl-colour, gauze, 34 x 21 x 6 cm, 2014, video, 3:12 min

 

An old family album is filled with personal mental connections to the past: letters, images, words.... a metaphor about time and space, about childhood and homeland.

 

The headscarf is a symbol. It tells about womanhood and suppression, about tradition and religion, about society, about yesterday and tomorrow. The headscarf plays an important role in many societies. In my memory the black headscarf is the most striking detail. It was a visual sign of marriage and "Deutschtum", which distinguished the German women from the Romanian women. The headscarf still attends me in today's life: socially, politically, personally.

 


Below the Surface/ unter der Oberfläche, 2014, book-object, collage, photographs, different papers, wax, on old photo-album, video, 2014, 3:28 min

 

A surface is the exterior boundary of an object. A surface covers, protects and hides secrets. A book has a surface, too: a cover, which protects the paper sheets and therefore the content. Since the invention of the photo camera it became a tradition in the Western culture to keep the collective memories in albums and in so doing to document one's own origin. It was handed from generation to generation.

 

I buy old family albums at the flea market, which seem to become worthless. I dissolve the collective memory of a family just to create a new, general one. In my work „Below the surface” I invite the beholder to throw his voyeureristic glance at an unknown photo album. Page by page, layer by layer the viewer immerses deeper below the surface of a cryptic tale - a tale, which is identified by the viewer's associations.


Buried in oblivion, , 2014, book-object, collage, photographs, different papers, on old photo-album, video, 4:10 min

 

The photo album is a metaphor of doubting the own existance - an archive of evidences of life, which becomes worthless when no one remembers  the stories behind the images anymore.