aff Galerie | Rückblicke
Claire Laude, Katrin Streicher, Lana Abramova, Stephanie Englert, Tom Licht
Opening: Friday, November 28, 2014, 7 pm
Exhibition: 29.11.-7.12.2014 & 10.01.-18.01.2015
curated by Lena von Geyso
The exhibition “Rückblicke” (Retrospectives) presents a collection of stories of past experiences – of stories we tell and stories that have been told. The photographs of Claire Laude, Katrin Streicher, Lana Abramova, Stephanie Englert and Tom Licht illustrate not only impressive and atmospheric journeys back in time – they also touch on the fact that our current place in time and space is always inscribed (and inescapable) when we look back in time. Reflecting on where we come from, what has influenced us in the past and who we want to be in the future, Gertrude Stein asks,
“What good are roots if you can’t take them with you?”
In the separation between our origins and our present state we experience what we have become. Identity is not a state that is predetermined by the past but rather a creation of opportunities that result from past experiences as well as from current and future thoughts and imaginations. Our present and future is shaped by the fragments of the past that we pick up and carry with us – that have made us who we are today and mold who we would like to be. Finding our own histories is always about searching and inventing our future stories.