in transit / personal belongings
curated by Jaana Prüss
Opening: Friday, 11 November 2011, 7 p.m.
Exhibition: 12 November - 17 December 2011
Opening Hours: Wed - Fri 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. | Sat 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
The term in transit characterizes the plight of millions around the world who are
fleeing from war, ethnic conflict, poverty, political repression, the impact of climate change
or natural disasters. The famine in Somalia, the earthquake in Ercis, Turkey, the catastrophe
in Fukushima and the floods in Bangkok have led to a common scenario of having lost
everything. Even escape from burn-out, the search for a place, a mission, a job, or for
meaning and new survival strategies creates a state of beingin transit .
Curator Jaana Pr¸ss has chosen the work of artists from the LORIS Gallery that represent
the manifestation and photographic exploration of areas such as migration, flight, parting,
deportation, abandoned landscapes, homelessness, places of refuge and temporary dwelling.
Claudia Fischer´s installation Personal Belongings – sculptural packages of unknown
content – inspired them to pursue the question: what would I take with me if I had to leave
my home within the hour and set out for the unknown? . For the exhibition, film-makers,
artists, critics and architects, among others, have packed up the personal belongings of special
meaning to them, personal memories, survival tools, private objects and can´t do withouts.
The result is an ensemble of outer manifestations and inner motives, inviting viewers to pursue
current social issues involving change and personal values, transitional states and interim
arrangements, opportunities to abstain and new perspectives. Linked to the exhibition,
workshops for children entitled In my suitcase I´m taking with me ... will be held
on Saturday, 26th November and Saturday, 10th December between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Open Space 10: Claudia Fischer, Andy Heller, Ruth Hommelsheim, Susanne Huth, Werner
Huthmacher, Ulrike Kolb, Bettina Lockemann, Ulrike Ludwig, Jens Lüstraeten, Sabine Schründer,
Personal Belongings with contributions by Sybel Aydogan, Lila Karbowska, P. Morgengrün,
Joachim Mühleisen, Gabriele Regiert, Michael Saup, Karen Stuke, Wilhelm Werthern and others
I show the work Aufsicht from the project Ellipses