photo by Kaddi:H
KNARREN EINES GEKNICKTEN ASTES
von Hermann Hesse
Splittrig geknickter Ast,
Hangend schon Jahr um Jahr,
Trocken knarrt er im Wind sein Lied,
Ohne Laub, ohne Rinde,
Kahl, fahl, zu langen Lebens,
Zu langen Sterbens müd.
Hart klingt und zäh sein Gesang,
Klingt trotzig, klingt heimlich bang
Noch einen Sommer,
Noch einen Winter lang.
aus: Hermann Hesse, Gesamtausgabe Suhrkamp Verlag Frankfurt, Bd. 1 S.154/5
Photos by Kaddi:H
“You see, what is my purpose of performance artist is to stage certain difficulties and stage the fear the primordial fear of pain, of dying, all of which we have in our lives, and then stage them in front of audience and go through them and tell the audience, ‘I’m your mirror; if I can do this in my life, you can do it in yours.”
“There is no coming to consciousness without pain.”
Carl G. Jung
mixed media on wood, 2018
“I discovered that if one looks a little closer at this beautiful world, there are always red ants underneath.”
“Aber heute weiß ich nicht mehr, was ich eigentlich will und wünsche. Früher war alles einfach, so einfach wie die Buchstaben in einem Lesebuch. Jetzt ist nichts mehr einfach, nicht einmal mehr die Buchstaben. Alles hat viele Bedeutungen und Gesichter bekommen. Ich weiß nicht, was aus mir werden soll, ich kann jetzt nicht an solche Sachen denken.”
– Hermann Hesse, Narziß und Goldmund
Yesterday I was at a vernissage of the Berlin based artist Andrea Wilmsen at “Internationaler Club” in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin.
I know Andrea from a group exhibition we did together at the “48 Stunden Neukölln” art festival in Berlin.
“Berlin meets Los Angeles” is showing a series of photographs by Andrea that she made in both cities during a period of 2 years.
“Berlin Meets Los Angeles offers no glamour shots and consciously avoids perpetuating stereotypes, which are often attributed to both cities. Andrea Wilmsen directs her attention to hidden corners of both metropoles, which show similarities in their expansion, by the absence of a real city center, and the variety of as yet undefined spaces. Both cities stand out more by its charisma than by their beauty and attract “outsiders” from all over the world, in search of freedom and self-realization, often far from their roots.
This vaguely undefined, open space is what Andrea Wilmsen is interested in. The constant change, the unfinished and often imperfect character, which both cities embody for her. What just recently seemed inseparable from the cityscape has already disappeared again, or exists now in a different context. The focus is less on what has happened in these cities than on a vision of what might happen. Suggestion, rather than logic, guides the course through this exhibition.
The photographs are interwoven by personal statements of artists who work in both cities and have been interviewed by Wilmsen during the two-year period of the elaboration of her project.”
The exhibition will be open until 17th of January 2018.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kurstraße 36, 10117 Berlin
Artist website: www.andreawilmsen.com