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.