Closeness examines ways we are connected with each other, approach or leave one another, in what way ties exist, just discovered or experienced for a long time - qualities that are primarily visible to the inner eye.

On display are two people. The protagonists sit in black clothes in front of a black wall, I use an upright picture format and a single lighting source. »Closeness« allows the exploration of touch from a rather physical quality to the one felt from the inside. The photographic images may open the floor for a discussion on art historical references, physis, socio-political perceptions and a spirituality that is anchored in the applied arts over centuries.

Ahead of the actual production period I went through a process of questioning the way relationships are structured as well as looking at my own family history. Over time I became aware of the very personal aspect of this work, addressing issues of individual and collective trauma, and potentially healing, through a holistic, process-based recognition of the body.

I understand Closeness as a valuable lens through which to look at fundamental changes in our society, an open space to ruminate over human interaction and its value to our own existence.

Closeness was presented at Hong Kong Arts Center | Goethe Gallery & Black Box Studio, Wan Chai HK and Künstlerhaus Vienna AT.

C4 photo prints, mounted in shadow frames, limited edition 2016 - 2018