For six months in 2017, I held a mini-exhibition at my house.
Every month I created new works based on my Bridge-Performances.
These new works were then exhibited at Gallery 1 Flat Wall in Berlin for 21 days, from the 1st – 21st).
In March I exhibited The Invisibles. These are 6 worked-on- photographs. Presented in black frames hanging in a classic horizontal viewing style.
Around the world, I am doing Bridge-Performances. These performances are the makings of photographs of me by tourists on bridges. In post-production, I experiment with these photographs to emphasize certain ideas. Such as the bridge as a metaphor, tourism vs. immigration, power structures, communication, authorship, and personal development.
The person who takes the pictures during the Bridge-Performance is at that moment in control. I choose as an artist to give my camera to someone else. The way they then take the picture, from which angle, the timing, and such, is at that moment out of my control. I, the artist can more or less control the framing because I choose where to stand when I ask the ‘photographer’ or ‘person of interest’ to take a picture of me. I can control how I present myself by what I am wearing and more or less how I look.
This cooperation with the ‘photographer’ is a key element. The temporary ‘photographer’, becomes co-author and participant. And has, therefore, a crucial role, since, without this action or play, the Bridge-Performances could not exist.
This work is a way of showing respect to the invisible co-authors and participants of my thousands of Bridge-Performances over the years. Yet by this kind of honoring they will remain invisible. Since, despite being accentuated, their true identity remains unanimous. By doing this, in a way, this person standing next to me could be anyone. Also the participants in future Bridge-Performances to come.
So who then is this person standing next to me? It could be my travel companion. Or a fellow tourist. Or the child of the person who made the photo. Or it could be someone who I wished was there but is not. Or maybe there is no real person behind the color blob?
I have printed the photographs as you might do when you would print out a hard copy of your holiday photographs at your local drugstore. So they look like typical and more or less boring holiday photographs.
The 6 photographs have not been altered except for the diverse added blobs of color, to point out something important by making the invisible visible by actually making it invisible.
This artwork is ready to hang. And is created in one edition only (as pìece unique). It comes with a signed certificate of authenticity.