Vitrine Blanche #18 // News From Home // Anne Fehres & Luke Conroy
Curator : Honorine Bergé
NEWS FROM HOME is a collaboration between documentary filmmaker and visual artist Anne Fehres (Netherlands) and visual artist and sociologist Luke Conroy (Australia). The project explores the people, stories and places that exist outside of the ‘tourist gaze’ towards the iconic.
« The six pieces presented in the Vitrine were completed during a two-month art residency in Wedding from Jan to Feb 2019. Each piece combines over 50 individual photographs captured throughout this residency period. These images have been digitally recomposed to create scenes that illustrates the people, stories and places that we found intriguing during our time in Wedding.
The involved topics include: issues around gentrification, the renaming of colonial streets in the Afrikanisches Viertel, the social management of Leopoldplatz, the community’s relationship with Tegel Airport, the protest postcards of Otto and Elise Hampel, alongside observations of the Wedding community more broadly. Each piece is partnered with a text that provides further details about our interpretations of these issues.
An additional aspect of this project is a serie of eight smaller designs presented as postcards. Our choice for the postcard form is important for this project, it helps our intention of favouring what is outside the tourist gaze. The cultural history of the postcard means that whatever is placed on its front is given a symbolic pedestal. This is a space usually reserved for the iconic. We hope that these new postcard forms change the narrative of the postcard, to offer insight into underrepresented but important people, stories and places. We hope these postcards can find their way elsewhere to help share an alternative view of Wedding and Berlin. » — Anne Fehres and Luke Conroy
Opening 21. February 2019 – 22. March 2019