It is with great excitement that I share my newest project Forgetting Forgetfulness today and wish all a truly wonderful New Year 2018!
Music has a unique effect on people, but also specifically on the human memory. Neurologists know that the brain area handling memories of music is damaged relatively late by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. This is why affected people, despite dementia, remember music from their childhood and adolescence. Music therapists use this phenomenon to get in contact with old people, to help them remember and to give them back their identity for a certain time.
It has been a moving journey making images, which I hope, show the human and emotional side of a phenomenon that I first read about in a scientific journal 2 years ago.
My gratitude goes to all the participants and to the music therapists Michael Bäßler and Julia Pohl, who, with their work, bring hope into what could very well be darkness only. Special thanks also to neurologist Professor Dr. Carsten Finke for explaining the neurological aspects in the video and to Anna Kristina Bückmann for the great cooperation with the interviews and for contributing the written words to this project.
Please see the gallery HERE (for faster display pls. avoid using Safari on Mac).
I’m truly pleased to be part of Photography on a Postcard and showing an image of Motassim from the series Clear-Cut alsongside incredible photographers such as Wolfgang Tillmans, Tom Hunter, Simon Norfolk, Cristina De Middel and many many more well known and loved photographers.
Photography on a Postcard follows the Art on a Postcard initiative raising money for the The Hepatitis C Trust’s campaign to eliminate hepatitis C from the UK by the year 2030. Lottery tickets will be available to purchase through this online shop. Each ticket guarantees a photograph, although you won’t know which one until after the show closes.
The photographs will be on display at theprintspace, Shoreditch London from 12th – 24th October 2017.
Please see below for a selection of views from this year’s Fo You exhibition. Big thank you again, notably to the Fo You team, all the fellow artists and guests, making this a memorable event. More images can be seen on the Fo You website.
Views of the main hall
Frame of Mind
The Frame of Mind dummy book displayed on the original mirror used in the photographs
In the evening of election day in September 2009, I photographed these shadows of people on the stairs of the Reichstag, never even imagening, that a disgrace like the far right-wing and xenophobic AFD party, would be third strongest in parliament eight years later. A sad day for Germany!
Below, the images are featured in an article claiming voting rights for mentally disabled people, who are not allowed to vote in Germany. Something to be abolished, just like the AFD!
I’m particularly happy to invite you to FO YOU, a group show as unique as its location, where I have the pleasure of showing FRAME OF MIND amongst works of many inspiring artists, who work across all media.
It would be a pleasure seeing you at the opening this Friday 15th September 2017 from 7pm in the cellars of the Marienburg (Marienburger Straße 16, Berlin Prenzlauer Berg).
For further information please see below or go to www.foyou.de
All best wishes,
Akeem, Ben de Biel, Julian Braun, Berthold Bock, Drury Brennan, Tilman Burgert, DAG, dancevertise, Kerstin Dzewior, ë, MS Elbe, Mischa Fanghaenel, Yuti Feiler, Moritz Friedrich, Wolf Geyr, Marc Gröszer, Matthias Heidenreich, Stefanie Hillich, Torston e. Höhle, Yulia Kosulnikova, Friendly Liu, Mari Mana & Lake, mocx, Käte Müller, Anya Orël, Pfadfinderei, Erik Porstmann, Sven Potschien, Pssst DJ Team, Linita Reimann, Marie Riedel, Konrad H. Roenne, Bob Rutman, Jutta Scheiner, Oliver Schnell, Fabian Seyd, Christoph Soeder, Sandra Sperhake, Jens Stoewhase, Katja Strempel, Christian Thoelke, Cosima Tribukeit, Jens Tümmel, Herr U, Johannes Vogl, Wiebke Maria Wachmann, Marco Wachsmuth, Anna Wagner, Mikis Wesensbitter, Markus Winkler, Marcus Wittmers, Thomas Wommelsdorf, Nikita Zhukovskiy, ZUSSA
Thank you Felix Broede and the Münchner Rundfunkorchester for the great cooperation on this job and for agreeing to let me publish this digital behind-the-scenes!
Photography © Felix Broede