New Babylon

New Babylon, Dubai 2020 (video-installation still, 41:24 min, loop, sound, 112.40 × 200 cm)

In Re-Visiting Orientalism, I approach the various projections and problematics of Orientalism by overlaying historical Orientalist paintings 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, Kuwait, Dubai, Baku, Tbilisi and Tunisia. 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.

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Eclipse book

The catalogue book ECLIPSE has now been published with Hatje Cantz edition. The book is an adapted re-edition of the catalogue from 2008 which is out of print. It has a new design, bigger format and previously unpublished material. 70 photographs (black&white, colour), 144 pages; 30x29cm; text by Hans-Michael Koetzle, Stefan Weidner and Frizzi Krella (german/english); design by Horst Moser. price: 45€   www.hatjecantz.de

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.

 

Artist Statement

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.