Pressing Matters

Participatory Installation
48 Stunden Neukölln
ReTramp Gallery, Berlin

- 2021

Pressing Matters was a participatory photography installation featured in the 2021 program of 48 Stunden Neukölln, Berlin, that used a flatbed scanner for creating images of passersby. The theme of the festival this year was Luft (air).

With Pressing Matters, I wanted to address a number of the lasting social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic that I was still experiencing: namely loss of closeness, connection, and physical touch. Over the festival weekend, I invited passersby to record parts of their bodies by pressing themselves against a flatbed scanner. My scanning station was positioned on the paved walkway outside of ReTramp Gallery. The resulting A4 black and white prints, which I printed using a home office toner printer, were installed in the gallery window. The installation was concluded after the window was filled with scans of body parts.