He only feels the black and white of it (2016)
The series addresses complex issues of individual identity and freedom within the territorial borders of the oppressive and dictatorial political state of former East Germany. The work is based on a 1973 Associated Press archive photograph of a damaged section of the Berlin Wall. West Germans had attacked the Wall in response to the sound of East German guns fired at fleeing East Germans. The archive image pictures East German military guards and border policemen repairing the Wall.
Over several months, I repeatedly used the archive photograph to make multiple screen-prints on gold-grained aluminium. Due to the repetitive usage of the screen, the images become increasingly more smudged, ruptured, disfigured, breaking apart with each further repetition until the images verge on abstraction. This process of continuous repetitive screen-printing, creates fragmented versions of the same image: each image is the space of revelation of particular details so that what is revealed in one image is concealed in another.

The original press-photograph is also the trigger for a series of textual reflections on my own family history around the question of individual identity and freedom mainly through the figure of my father. Due to his political views, he was black-listed and developed a new persona in order to survive under the East-German government and secret service. The texts highlight the constraints, difficulties, pain and psychological effects that he experienced as a young man in East Germany. Through text and image, He only feels the black and white of it, offers a critical perspective of the poetics of resistance.