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).
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.
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.
- Kreuzungen (Framed), 2020
- Kreuzungen, 2020