It is quite embarrassing, that you don´t have to know anything about anything to take a good photograph.
2017 I was invited to Valparaíso, a seaport in Chile, to take pictures of
migrants. I didn´t know anything about Chile and nothing about
Valparaíso. Walking around the streets, I found them crowded with people.
At times I asked passers-by, if I might take a picture of them, and most of
the time they agreed.
Their lack of distrust surprised me.
I didn´t know what I was looking for, I just reacted to what I saw and what
I sensed, just to find out later what it was all about, and it was, as always, also about me.
I saw tiredness and pain, and I saw longing.
The sun flickered into my face and I asked myself if sometimes homelessness doesn’t begin right there where you were born.
The project was created during my “artist in residency”,
in Chile and exhibited as part of a group exhibition in Valparaiso and later on in Santiago de Chile.
Thanks to RODRIGO GÓMEZ-ROVIRA, ANAMARÍA BRIEDE, LAURA QUIROZ, and FREDDY OJEDA.
Their support and hospitality made my work possible.
“Artist in residence” in Valparaiso, Chile 26.10 – 20.11.2017
2018 I was invited to exhibit “longing to belong” at the Projektraum Fotografie.
Here I got a lot of generous help by :
GERHARD KURTZ, DANIEL SADROWSKI, MARITA BULLMANN, und JÖRN VANSELOW.