EX UMBRIS ET IMAGINIBUS IN VERITATEM –
From shadows and images to truth (epitaph on Melaten, Cologne)
Our memory is produced by acts of remembrance – the „DOING MEMORY”, it is a performative process. In the process, an image appears in the here and now, which makes us remember and reveals ourselves in our transience.
The photographs in the work DOING MEMORY take up this theme at a time when we are confronted with the corona pandemic.
An astonishing number of people are currently visiting cemeteries. The resting places for the dead reflect to visitors that death does not only affect the dead, but above all the living – they are places of communication. Do we create our identity only in the execution of remembering and what emerges as a picture? How can it be photographed?
With the help of a pinhole camera (similar to a coffin) and the special cyanotype printing process, analogue long exposures produce bluish images of figures on gravestones and pictures of gardeners and gravediggers. The „DOING MEMORY” happens and materializes by means of this photographic strategy.