Karina Nimmerfall
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[2016] Indirect Interviews with Women

Photo-Text Series in 48 parts
49,5 x 37 cm (each)

Departing from historical records of the interdisciplinary British social research project Mass Observation from 1937 (a movement that responded to the fact that the everyday life of „common people“ was not represented in the media nor in the political system of Great Britain at this time)—the series deals with a selection of interviews with women, and their relationship to housing, space, family, and politics in 1941, shortly after the air raids of the German armed forces destroyed large parts of London. The interviews are transcripts of the original interviews where subsequent edits, comments, sources, and notes are made visible through the use of the “track changes” function of MS Word, and are then combined with recent photographs depicting the once investigated residential areas. The exploration of the history and its still visible effects on the urban geography of the city, together with the administrative aesthetics of the presented documents, opens the view to a variety of spaces: the current locations with their built structures; the archive with its collected and catalogued data, and the imaginary space of certain cultural, ideological and political ideas and visions.

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