large scale art photograph of a rusty shipwreck with a background of a concrete wall for project berlin by artist klaus laubmayer

Home - Heimat, 2010-2017, C-Print: 70 x 130 in. (180 x 330 cm)

mapping the emotional landscape of jewish people in berlin

project berlin

the focus

what does it mean to be jewish in berlin?

contemporary jewish life in germany. a taboo? an incomprehensible paradox? it is for some, viewed within the context of german history. yet how do jewish berliners feel, and how do they see themselves and their fellow germans? how does the past weigh on the present?

using emotions generated by words to create images

the philosophy

taking photography off the representational plane by peeling away the surface layers of appearance to reveal an inner meaning. a multidimensional interpretation of an interior emotional landscape.

the words

chosen to elicit frank, thoughtful and emotional responses to this complex issue

identity  identität

 

mother tongue  muttersprache

 

home  heimat

 

facade  fassade

 

assimilation  sich anpassen

 

confrontation  konfrontation

 

radical  radikal

 

hypocritical  scheinheilig

 

opportunist  opportunist

 

freedom  freiheit

 

trust  vertrauen

 

birthright  geburtsrecht

 

patriotism  vaterlandsliebe

 

politically correct  politisch korrekt

 

love  liebe

 

purity  reinheit

 

provocative  provokativ

 

irretrievable lost  unwiederbringlich verloren

 

longing dreams  sehnsucht träume

 

taboo  tabu

 

resting place  ruhestätte

the voices

jewish berliners from both public and private life respond to three words chosen from the list

Expressive Portrait of Heinz Berggruen, Art-Collector, Art-Dealer

adriana altaras  actress, director

 

heinz berggruen art dealer and collector, died february 23, 2007

 

michael blumenthal  museum director

 

maxim biller  writer, novelist

 

artur brauner  film producer

 

maria brauner  humanitarian, died august 13, 2017

 

dr. alice brauner  journalist, film producer

 

leeor engländer  university student  - chief digital officer

 

chawa kahane  high school student

 

alexa karolinski  art history student - filmmaker

 

shelly latte  medical student - md

 

miriam marcus  wife and mother

 

oskar melzer  deejay, creative director, interior designer

 

andreas pfeffer  bagel wholesaler

 

dr. rafael seligmann  writer, journalist

 

tuvia schlesinger  police officer

 

prof. dr. julius schoeps  historian

 

yehuda teichtal  rabbi

 

susanne witting  law student - lawyer, emigrated to israel 2014

 

Heinz Berggruen, art dealer and collector

home - heimat, freedom - freiheit, dreams - träume

a photographic work about meaning and transformation

the photographs

the voices on the recorded dialogs serve as the impulse for the photographs. emotional and intuitive meaning are extracted and transformed into allegorical or abstract images.

art photograph of rusty wheelbarrow in lava landscape lanzarote for project berlin by artist Klaus Laubmayer

Lost - Unwiederbringlich, 2006-2017, C-Print: 60 x 87 in. (152 x 221 cm)

the platforms

an art exhibition, and a public art installation

the artist

the work will appear as an art exhibition containing narrative elements from the recordings. a public art installation will complete the project.

a creative partnership with the participants

artist and photographer klaus laubmayer

a german-born  photographer, installation and  video  artist has been based in new york city until 2004. his works encompasses theatrical installation, conceptual art, portraiture, beauty and fashion photography and includes the ny times, time magazine, vogue, stern, karl lagerfeld, christian lacroix, comme des garcons, ullstein, rizzolli, simon & schuster, among others.

 

klaus lives between his birthplace duesseldorf and london.

personal note

My personal experience with the 9/11 terror attack in New York was the tipping point for dramatic changes in my life. Working as a successful fashion and portrait photographer living in New York City I felt the need to reinvent myself as an artist outside the fashion world.

 

In 2004 Berlin was the first change of scenery to induce the transformation I was hoping for. Immediately I became interested in the Jewish life in Berlin and I soon began a project, with great help from the Jewish Community outlined in this document.

 

Simultaneously, personal questions of growing up in Germany after WWII increased and the project became much more complex than I ever imagined. At times my emotions went out of hand and I struggled on all sides, except within the Jewish Community where I felt emotionally safe.

 

After I finished my interviews and the necessary research in Berlin, I concluded that it was better to create this project over a longer period.I needed time to figure out how to translate voices into images or portraits which has been a new photographic territory for me. I also felt, that except within the Jewish Community there was no will in Germany to address the issues I was hearing in my interviews. For instance the concern of the increased violence against the Jewish Community, or addressing in public the European “Le rapport non publié sur l’antisémitisme en Europe 2002” made me feel like Don Quixote. To continue with this project I recognised the necessity for more research about the subject. Over the years I travelled extensively and worked periodically in Lanzarote to create photographs for this project.

 

Additional research:

History of Jewish life in Europe.

Growing up in Germany in the 50s/60s/70s.

Travel for exploratory photographs and research:

Germany, Poland, Spain, Lanzarote, Ireland, France, USA.

 

Twenty two hours of sound recordings.

Roughly 450 exploratory photographs.

 

This project became the blueprint how I create most photographic works today.

 

 

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large scale art photograph of a rusty shipwreck with a background of a concrete wall for project berlin by artist klaus laubmayer
Expressive Portrait of Heinz Berggruen, Art-Collector, Art-Dealer
art photograph of rusty wheelbarrow in lava landscape lanzarote for project berlin by artist Klaus Laubmayer
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large scale art photograph of a rusty shipwreck with a background of a concrete wall for project berlin by artist klaus laubmayer

Expressive Portrait of Heinz Berggruen, Art-Collector, Art-Dealer
art photograph of rusty wheelbarrow in lava landscape lanzarote for project berlin by artist Klaus Laubmayer
large scale art photograph of a rusty shipwreck with a background of a concrete wall for project berlin by artist klaus laubmayer
Expressive Portrait of Heinz Berggruen, Art-Collector, Art-Dealer
art photograph of rusty wheelbarrow in lava landscape lanzarote for project berlin by artist Klaus Laubmayer
large scale art photograph of a rusty shipwreck with a background of a concrete wall for project berlin by artist klaus laubmayer
Expressive Portrait of Heinz Berggruen, Art-Collector, Art-Dealer
art photograph of rusty wheelbarrow in lava landscape lanzarote for project berlin by artist Klaus Laubmayer
large scale art photograph of a rusty shipwreck with a background of a concrete wall for project berlin by artist klaus laubmayer
Expressive Portrait of Heinz Berggruen, Art-Collector, Art-Dealer
art photograph of rusty wheelbarrow in lava landscape lanzarote for project berlin by artist Klaus Laubmayer
large scale art photograph of a rusty shipwreck with a background of a concrete wall for project berlin by artist klaus laubmayer
Expressive Portrait of Heinz Berggruen, Art-Collector, Art-Dealer
art photograph of rusty wheelbarrow in lava landscape lanzarote for project berlin by artist Klaus Laubmayer