Heimat - Heinz Berggruen C-Print: 70 x 130 in. (180 x 330 cm)
mapping the emotional landscape of jewish people 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
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.
jewish berliners from both public and private life respond to three words chosen from the list
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, longing - sehnsucht
a photographic work about meaning and transformation
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.
Lost - Unwiederbringlich, 2006-2017, C-Print: 60 x 87 in. (152 x 221 cm)
an art exhibition, and a public art installation
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
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 shortly I 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 recognized the necessity for more research about the subject. Over the years I traveled extensively and worked periodically in Lanzarote to create photographs for this project.
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.
© Klaus Laubmayer
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