With Elian Somers (NL), Kim Bouvy (NL), Oliver Gudow (DE) and Jost Wischnewski (DE)
Curated by Viola Weigel (dir. Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven)
New works I made during a short stay in the North German town of Wilhelmshaven on invitation by the Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven will be shown, together with the installation ‘Phantom City’.
The exhibition takes a certain assumed analogy between the two harbor
cities of Wilhelmshaven and Rotterdam as starting point: both were
damaged during the Second World War (Wilhelmshaven also during WW I),
both cities are closely tied to their harbor and therefore
’sacrificed’ for a greater cause in different moments in history to
serve a purpose that goes beyond its own economical and social
borders.A new phase for Wilhelmshaven will commence soon: In August
2012, the JadeWeserPort will be opened: a new and Germany’s only deep
water container port located at the German Bight on the North East
side of Wilhelmshaven. The other deep water port in Western Europe
is…Rotterdam. The realization of the JDW port is in a sense connecting
the two cities and harbors - not the least as competitors. Not only
looking at Rotterdam in an economical sense, but also learning from
Rotterdam in a social and cultural sense might be valuable, is what
(the curator of) this exhibition is implying.
The title of the exhibition also refers to the seminal publication ‘Learning from Las Vegas’ by Scott Brown, Venturi and Izenour (revised ed. 1977) which, indirectly, formed my starting point when photographing the city of Wilhelmshaven.There, I was not looking so much for similarities between the two cities, but tried to grasp the vernacular specificity of this seemingly anonymous urban fabric in the North of Germany.