Found photography, mirror, glass, insulation foam, spray paint (2014)

Disintegration leads to new situations and different meanings, like glass returning to sand. The process of decay is not a decline, rather an irreversible course; the disaster a fundamental part of nature.

A two-week residency in Gelsenkirchen with the Gerrit Rietveld Academie led to a work entitled Nachglühen, meaning ‘afterglow’ but also a ‘hangover’. Starting point of the work was a photobook of a East-European family I found in one of the deserted houses at Bochumerstrasse (the heart of a deprived area down-town), of which most photographs were heavily damaged due to humid and moldy surroundings. This created new aesthetics in the pictures, where the ink was leaking through, making up for organic mixtures of colours. These patterns I subsequently tried to incorporate onto the walls of the gallery, also using the photos themselves in the installation, next to other found objects of the family. What came out was a dense composition of murals and imagery, as well as light and reflection, as a reference to the origin of photography, but also as a means to create new hope for the people there.
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