My most recent series of works, SIDES Berlin, uses the architectural plans of buildings in Berlin lived in by Jews and German artists and intellectuals of the 1930s. I began this series with my father's (since demolished) childhood home on Altonaer Strasse where he lived until 1938 when he and his immediate family escaped to London.
I continue to expand this project and have included the former homes of other exiles, among them: Anni Albers, Kurt Weill, Lion and Marta Feuchtwanger, Otto Dix, Walter Benjamin, Johannes Itten and Ruth Vollmer.
This Berlin project addresses identity, loss, and place. My intention is to recognize the loss of property, both as historical fact and as a more universal metaphor for the psychological trauma of displacement.
Selections of the Altonaer Strasse series were included in the 2011-2012 Heimatkunde exhibition at the Jewish Museum Berlin and are now part of the museum’s permanent collection. Please click here to view installation images.