In my work I reveal the different layers of history, mythology and the present. A form of visual archeology, at times blending or colliding with immanent social, political and ecological realities. In this way the picture also becomes a place for the imaginary and projection. It appears like a stage or filmset, pending in limbo somewhere between reality and imagination, past and present.
New Babylon, Dubai 2020 (video-installation still, 41:24 min, loop, sound, 112.40 × 200 cm)
RE-VISITING ORIENTALISM. In this project I approach the various projections and problematics of Orientalism by overlaying historical Orientalist paintings in video-installations with contemporary sceneries and video-sequences, thus opening up a field of interpretation and hinting at geopolitical, ecological and social problems as well as political realities. The work becomes a subversive deconstruction of the Western Orientalist perspective by using its aesthetics and creating a palimpsest of the now and the Orientalist imaginary. During my research, I travelled to Istanbul, Arabian Peninsula, Caucasus, Tunesia and Central Asia. The project was initiated in 2019 with the support of Goethe Institute. It is a work in progress, and further destinations are planned for the completion of the theme.
ECLIPSE. Catalogue-book published with Hatje Cantz edition, Germany, february 2019. 144 pages, 70 photographs. 30x29cm Hardcover. Text by: Hans-Michael Koetzle, Stefan Weidner, Frizzi Krella. Design by: Horst Moser. Languages: German, English. hatjecantz.de
In this work I photographed historical places in Turkey, Syria, Israel, Palestinian-Westbank and Egypt. Places that have visible or invisible traces about conflict and religious worship, that are connected to the medieval Crusades and early Christianity. The ambivalence of a so-called Holy Land. The title Eclipse stands symbolically for an obscuration as well as for an astronomic phenomena and apocalyptical portend.
There is also a signed and numbered special edition available, limited to 100 copies including a 24x30cm archival pigment print of “Megiddo”. The price is 100€. Some copies are still available, please contact me directly if you are interested.
Some preview pages of the book here.