From the ongoing series [Bridges]
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 June I exhibited My Gift. This is one transparent Plexiglas box with the top open. On the back/wall side, inside of the box is placed a Bridge-photograph. And on the front/audience side, on the outside of the box are 2 stickers saying: “Please Donate”.
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 symbolizing process and transition. Especially communication, power, and self-development interests me.
My Gift is the last artwork in the Private-Mini-Exhibitions. On the image is the Stari Most (Old Bridge) in Mostar, Bosnia, and Herzegovina. It is a wish for a Bridge-Performance that does not yet exist and one that I would like to co-create. The photograph of the bridge and the information around the history of the bridge I found online.
Making art is my gift to the people. But to create art, in this case, to co-create the Bridge-Performances I also need money to create new works. And in the case of Bridge-Performances, it means money to travel to for example the Stari Most in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is the same sort of money tourists would spend. But for me, it is not a holiday it is work. Because I am not a tourist but an artist at work.
Just before I left Berlin, to teach art in China for 2 years. I organized 6 monthly Private-Mini-Exhibitions at my home in Berlin. People were invited into an artist’s private space—my home. They received drinks and food and each month a new artwork.
In the last exhibition, they received the artwork My Gift. A Plexiglas gift box open at the top. With on the front written: Please Donate. What did the visitors do? What would you do?
This original artwork is created in one edition only (as pìece unique). It comes with a signed certificate of authenticity.
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