In my opinion, Oranienbaum meets all the clichés I had about a former DDR village. Oranienbaum looks desolated with abandoned buildings and industrial areas The streets look abandoned, all youth has fled elsewhere. The current situation must be in such contrast with the great expectations right after Die Wende. It seems that Oranienbaum wasn’t able to find its new identity during this transition phase.
During my residency in Oranienbaum, I translated these impressions by bringing time, light, space and object together into a balancing act - fragile installations and eventually photographs. I searched for items/objects and spaces/locations that had daily functionality, waiting tobe used again. All compositions were staged and controlled to the smallest detail: space, composition and lights.
© 2020 Jeroen Arians