'Was das Gespenst nicht kennt'

Publication release at 8pm @ HGB Leipzig, Rundgang 2022

December 2021 will see the 20th anniversary of the inauguration of the Henry van de Velde Museum in Villa Esche. To mark this occasion the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz and the Chemnitz concern GGG (current owner of the Villa Esche) have invited a class of art students to take an artistic approach – from their personal and contemporary perspective – to the different narratives and historical layers which the Villa Esche brings together. Under the direction of video artist Clemens von Wedemeyer and performance artist Angelika Waniek, the expanded cinema class at the Hochschule für Graphik und Buchkunst Leipzig will work on interventions around the Villa and its park.

Designed in 1903 as a Gesamtkunstwerk by the architect and designer Henry van de Velde, the building contains the result of fractures in German history. Subsequently, many of the stories attached to Villa Esche have been obscured, overlooked, put together differently or on the basis of vague memories. For his very reason the building constitutes an image of the past and the present on the basis of which the young artists are encouraged to raise new questions.

Rössing Award for Photography 2021
for Gaps and Dots

The image Honeydew was taken on a walk on Lindenstraße. I found it fascinating how a sticky grey-green film formed on glass containers, electricity boxes and parked cars. On which linear and never crossing tracks ran, where the grey-green film of fungi that feed on honeydew had been eaten away by snails.
The tracks reminded me of photographic paper that has been run through a developer with tilted chemistry.

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Honeydew, 2021
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Snail Tracks in Moss on a Glas Container, 2021
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