Kreuzungen is a project investigating nine intersections (Kreuzungen) in Neukölln, Berlin.
The photographs in this series were taken at night towards the end of summer in 2020 at the precise geographic intersections of six shops in the neighbourhood, selected by the other artists in the exhibition Neukölln Stories (Neuköllner Geschichten). While this process may appear arbitrary at first, the photographs taken at these points across Neukölln in fact draw our attention away from familiar places of commerce and leisure, and instead tell the story of a community in-between that has become marginalised, mis-represented and the subject of voyeurism. A street corner, a market place, a graveyard and a residential estate are among the locations given new focus in this series. They are places for walking, buying things, visiting loved ones and for living – transitional spaces connecting traditional points of interest in Neukölln that have undergone significant changes over the past ten years. When seen at night, however, these un-extraordinary settings find new meaning, and we are at times invited to participate in the act of observing moments of daily life within a community that has become protective and cautious, alluded to by the individual titles of each photograph in this series (Was machst du da?, Machst du nur Fotos für dich selbst?, Fotografiere hier nicht, ok?). We are left to decide to what extent we are, in doing so, also engaging in a violation of privacy.
Neukölln Stories is a project comprising seven participating artists who live in the neighbourhood of Neukölln, in the south-east of Berlin. In July 2020, each artist was invited to begin a new project responding to the neighbourhood, and to later present their work within an exhibition at LiTE-HAUS Galerie in November. Six of the artists were given the task of selecting shops in Neukölln to investigate through their artwork.
Kreuzungen is a project investigating the nine intersections that lie in-between.
‘Neukölln Stories: Memories of a Neighborhood' is part of an ongoing project in which the artist collective nomadicArt archives stories from Berlin.
In 2017 and 2018, nomadicArt started the project with the stories of residents and shops in Moabit. This year, nomadicArt will start the project 'Neukölln stories: memories of a neighborhood' in cooperation with LiTE-HAUS Galerie. This project is funded by the cultural promotion of the district office Neukölln.
As part of this project, the selected seven artists will each create a work of art in relation to the stories of shops and residents within Neukölln.
- LiTE-Haus Galerie Website
120mm (6x7) Colour Photographic Negatives
14cm x 15cm Plywood Lightboxes
Lightbox design and construction by Nancy Dewhurst