Claudia Reinhardt: No Place Like Home

- Jeg har lenge hatt et ønske om å arbeide kunstnerisk med min egen bakgrunn, min familie og min barndom, sier høgskolelektor i fotografi, Claudia Reinhardt, i sin nyutgivelse No Place Like Home. Boken består av en serie fotografier av barndomshjemmet og hjembyen Viernheim i Tyskland, og personlige fortellinger fra Reinhardts barndom. Dette er, i følge Reinhardt, en identitetsutforskning som hun som kunster måtte gjøre før eller senere.


No Place Like Home

Claudia Reinhardt (2005)

NOK kr. 200,-


- Jeg har lenge hatt et ønske om å arbeide kunstnerisk med min egen bakgrunn, min familie og min barndom, sier Claudia Reinhardt ved utgivelsen av No Place Like Home. Boken består av en serie fotografier av barndomshjemmet og hjembyen Viernheim i Tyskland, og personlige fortellinger fra Reinhardts barndom. Dette er, i følge Reinhardt, en identitetsutforskning som hun som kunster måtte gjøre før eller senere.

Claudia Reinhardt er Førsteamanuensis ved Fagområde fotografi, KHiB.

EPILOGUE (EXTRACT)

For a long time now, I have had the wish to deal with my heritage, my family, and my childhood by means of art.

A seminar with the title "Home - Again" that I initated as a lecturer at KHiB in 2003 finally induced me to work along the issue of Heimat (native country). Initially the idea and the connection to this seminar also resulted from my personal situation as a commuter between Germany and Norway. These circumstances made me think about the term Heimat, including identity and community, and led to discussions with guest students and artists. This work outlines that the occupation with your own history implicates the possibility of a view on a larger global scale. The fact that a microcosm, a single life may allow to draw conclusions about a larger context. The private is, if you want to put it like that, also political. This kind of perspective has virtually internalized the political dimensions of migration and integration, of group exclusions and life styles, and is able to express itself via art.

I wanted to examine my childhood in a kind of "identity exploration" - a work, which I thought I had to do at some point in my adult life as an artist. Moreover, this examination seemed to me like the consequent continuation of my previous works which had dealt with identities and their construction. Yet I lacked the courage and the definite impetus to treat my own biography and past in a way so radical and direct.

The photos were taken in my native town Viernheim. A small town in Southern Hesse in which I spent half of my life. Most of my brothers and sisters still live there and haved started families of their own.

My childhood memories are connected to this place - Heimat.

Berlin, summer of 2005
Claudia Reinhardt

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Publisert: 05.08.2010 av admin Oppdatert: 19.03.2015 av admin