series: quoting Hannah Arendt - "We Refugees"

2019 I am working on a new series of artworks also dealing with the „Refugees“ thematic. This series is titled: quoting Hannah Arendt - "And nobody knows who I am! - The lost dignity".  The starting point is Arendt's essay "We Refugees" (1943) and a reflection on the „newcomers",  „immigrants“ so as Arendt prefers to call refugees. Arendt captures what it really means to be a refugee and describes the endless anxiety, ravaging despair, deluded optimism, jolting absurdity and even the humour of the “newcomers” or „immigrants“. It is a message that can be read nowadays in the current global context.

quoting Hannah Arendt - "We Refugees"

"We leave the Earth with all its Uncertainties behind and we cast our eyes up to the sky"

photography, 100x150cm/80x120cm, 2019

 

Even among ourselves we don’t speak about this past. Instead, we have found our own way of mastering an uncertain future. Since everybody plans and wishes and hopes, so do we. … … we leave the earth with all its uncertainties behind and we cast our eyes up to the sky…. The stars tell us … “ (Hannah Arendt)

These photos were taken at The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also known as the Holocaust Memorial, which is a memorial in Berlin to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold.

Art Limited - Visa Award, 2019

quoting Hannah Arendt - "We Refugees"

"The vain attempt to keep the Head above the Water", 2019

photography, 80x90cm

 

„We wanted to rebuild our lives, that was all. In order to rebuild one’s life one has to be strong and an optimist. So we are very optimistic. Our optimism is admirable. We lost our home, which means the familiarity of daily life. We lost our occupation, which means the confidence that we are of some use in this world. We lost our language, which means the naturalness of reactions, the simplicity of gestures, the unaffected expression of feelings. We left our relatives and our best friends and that means the rupture of our private lives. … … This optimism is the vain attempt to keep head above water.“ (Hannah Arendt)

Art Limited - Visa Award, 2019

Somewhere inside searching for outside, photography, 60x80cm, 2017

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