Inside a small wooden hut between Villa Ingenohl and Villa Prieger, beside the Rhine at Bonn: mounted on the wooden wall are fifteen drawings hung in light boxes. This is part of the exhibition ‘Blick zurück nach vorn – 10 Jahre Montag Stiftung Bildende Kunst’ (‘looking back and to the future – ten years art foundation Montag’).
I set out on a series of drawings to look into various forms of human ‘dwelling’ from the villa to the allotment summer house – or hut – and have loosely grouped together the drawings of these historical and photographic illustrations of the occupants, their ways of life, activities and the home environment.– An invalid from the First World War sitting on the kerb, begging, is given money by an elegant gentleman. A couple skating. Grandpa Willi standing in front of his bower. A tenants’ strike, protest posters. The lady of the house poses on her horse in front of the new entrance to her mansion. A family outing with the four-in-hand by the Rhine. The portrait of Rosa Luxemburg. Parlour scene: a mother and her two daughters at their embroidery. Two cars parked in front of a modern-day garage. A sign that says, ‘Private Property’.
The photographs, selected by subject, of historical origin or of my own making, become drawings. In this process of transformation from the photo-automatic image to the graphic-manual picture, certain information is wittingly lost. An additional optical blurring is intercalated by the drawings’ being mounted behind frosted glass. Precise information is replaced by poetics of assonance. The individual image is but a fragment in this ensemble of impressions of the ways of life of rich and poor. The portrait of Rosa Luxemburg is included as is Büchner’s title ‘Friede den Hütten!’ (‘Peace to the Huts / Hovels!’ his programmatic declaration, coupled with ‘War on the Palaces!’ /trans), to bring out the fact that a poetic perspective of the private way of life of generations is at the same time a political perspective.
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