Photomontages | since 2007
Migration away from rural areas is a characteristic of our times. More people than ever before live in large cities – and the numbers are rising. They flee from poverty and the whims of nature and hope to find happiness and prosperity in towns and cities. The city – a place offering unlimited options, where you can find success and happiness together with neon signs, noise pollution, isolation, and sterile lifeworlds ...
Yet rural areas are also increasingly being landscaped, put to agricultural use, contaminated by pesticides and other harmful substances and polluted by the noise of roads that sprawl over the world like grey veins. This is the reality we live in today. Man isolates himself from the nature around him, which he pushes ever farther back and destroys it. All the while forgetting that he is part of the system. In the 17th century it was argued that people lived in the best of all possible worlds, created by God. Voltaire responded scathingly by saying: “If this is the best of all possible worlds, what then are the others?”
Today we only have ourselves to blame, because we are the creators of the world around us.
The work “City” (stadt) depicts an utopia – no cars, no concrete, no skyscrapers, no advertising – and confronts the observer with one of all possible worlds. A world in which urban spaces and nature coexist and both have the chance to unfold in according their nature.