Plexus

2018 - ongoing


“Das ist das Böse. Alle haben es in sich, keiner will es haben, und wo soll es hin? In die Luft? Es ist in der Luft, aber da bleibt’s nicht lang, es muss in einen Menschen hinein, damit sie’s eines Tages packen und töten können.”

“This is the Evil. Everyone is harboring it, nobody wants it, and where should it go? Into the air? It is in the air, but it won’t stay there for long, it has to enter a human, so one day they can seize it and kill it.”

Max Frisch, Andorra

With the last generation of World War survivors fading, it is essential for me to consider how individual and collective consciousness is inevitably affected by inherited trauma and the memories of former generations, which are experienced indirectly through words, images, and actions. Even though the remembered past seems inseparable from the experienced present, I observe a tendency towards dissociating oneself from that past and from each other. This separation occurs repeatedly throughout time on both national and personal levels. In this sense, history can be understood as an inescapable spiral of infinitely recycled patterns.

‘Plexus’ is the rediscovery of a suppressed past, and its interweaving with a contexture of dreams, imagination and family history. German history serves as an exemplary case study, providing a familiar terrain to explore the influence of past generations, driven by my interest in finding psychological and cultural processes within history that may be applicable to the world of today. My visual research unfolds as a series of metaphorical still lives. The objects used originate from my own family archive and connect a personal background with a broader narrative. Literally re-membering, I piece together the partially found, partially imagined pieces of a ‘body’ I have never directly seen or experienced directly but which greatly influences me and my surroundings nonetheless.



Mark