Alle Tage Abstraktion (Every Day Abstraction), 2011
Water color on paper, 96cm x 65cm
Seven corresponding black/white digital prints 15cm x 15cm and 15cm x 12cm
This installation is organized around a historical photograph from circa 1877. It depicts a group—a family perhaps—of victims of a famine in North-east India under British colonial rule. After I clipped the photograph from a the German magazine DIE ZEIT as a teenager, I kept it hidden under my desk mat, never looking at it but always knowing that it is there. I still keep it as an example of images that cannot be looked at without profoundly affecting the viewer. How can I deal with images like this ? What else can I do but abstract them, everyday, in order to live on?