ARTIST’S STATEMENT | After See Djerba
At See Djerba I was able to participate as an artist. During the week I was free to explore the new surrounding, meeting new people and starting to work at my own project.
The week I had (only the one before the festival) was too short for all the possibilities which were offered (talks, workshops etc.).
My intent was to realise a site-specific work in Djerba, which deals with the influences of the experiences and impressions I explore in a new and unfamiliar space. During my stay I started a new way for me to work with the found photographic material, furthermore it is my first work with a diascope.
SEE DJERBA SITE
Fondouk Batista, Houmt Souk, Djerba.
variable size / diascope / slides
The starting point for my artwork” luminous vanishing” were old slides that I found.
These slides were photographed by a german couple, who travelled to Djerba and Tunis during the 1970s. During my week in Houmt Souk Djerba, July 2017, I took my own pictures as well. The first idea was to combine the old and the new slides and to create a new story from this effort.
I began with the questions: How the place has changed? Could I recognise something? How travelling and photography changed over all these years? Would the old photographs differ from mine and would there be a difference in light and colour?
During my stay in Houmt Souk, I began to deal more with the physical, analog photographic material. I wanted to intervene directly on the slides to modify the picture physical and irreversible.
I wanted to leave traces, erase memories, and look for what might be hidden in the material. To conceal and to bring past and transience together. These were the first steps during See Djerba and they will continue now.
Photos: Sara Foerster.
In the past two years, I have had the opportunity to visit Tunisia several times, working there as an artist and exhibiting my artworks. With the exhibition project “Flux Lumineux” at the Goethe Institute Tunis in 2015, I learned how energetic and positive the cooperation in Tunisia can be. In Djerba I would like to realise an site-specific work. For me, the impulse is to discover a place with my artistic view, to implement it in my work and to present it in the public space. With analogue material I would like to transfer the outstanding light of Tunisia into the night.
Among the exploration of areas, borders and transitions, transformation processes are an overarching theme in my work. Unable to establish chronologically, whether they are necessary in a short moment or developed over a long period of time, I perceive them and give them space. In clear structures and a well-ordered collection, I enable the viewer to linger in this fragile moment of change. It shouldn’t, in the process, be taken as a perishable moment, rather that the elapse of time is included. The perpetualness of change fascinates me, each moment is linked with one before and one after and encloses them in itself. I pursue these moments with photography as a medium and as material.
Photos: Sara Foerster.
2017 | REGARDING: BUNKERS | Bremen (de)
2017 | DOUBLE BANDE | Brest (fr)
2017 | DIALOGIC RESEARCH | Bremen (de)
2016 | ARTIST AS INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS | Artist Book | Bremen, Bergen, Vienna, Stockholm and London
2015 | LICHTUNGEN | Hildesheim (de)
2015 | FLUX LUMINEUX | Tunis (tn)
Since 2012 | Student of Fine Arts | Bremen (de)
2006 – 2009 | Apprenticeship as a Photographer| Marburg (de)
1984 | Born
sarafoerster.de | Website