Altonaer Straße, 2

Altonaer Straße, 2 Elevation 1, 2009  Altonaer Straße, 2  Section 1, 2009
Altonaer Straße, 2 Plan 6, 2009 Altonaer Straße, 2 Elevation 2, 2009
Altonaer Straße, 2 Stairs 1, 2008 Altonaer Straße, 2 Stairs 2, 2008
Altonaer Straße, 2 Stairs 3, 2008 Altonaer Straße, 2 Stairs 4, 2008
Altonaer Straße, 2 Stairs Plan 1, 2008 Altonaer Straße, 2 Plan 2, 2008
Altonaer Straße, 2 Plan 3, 2008 Altonaer Straße, 2  Plan 4, 2008
  Altonaer Straße, 2 Plan 5, 2008
Altonaer Straße, 2 Plan 7, 2008 Altonaer Straße, 2 Plan 8, 2008
Altonaer Straße, 2 Plan 9, 2008 Altonaer Straße, 2 Plan 7,8,9 studies, 2008
Altonaer Straße, 2 Assemblage 1, 2008 Altonaer Straße, 2 Assemblage 2, 2008
Altonaer Straße, 2 Sewn 1, 2008 Altonaer Straße, 2 Sewn 4, 2008
Altonaer Straße, 2 Sewn 3, 2008 Altonaer Straße, 2 Sewn, 2008

In 2006, in work that evolved out my New York series, SIDES, I began using lost architecture as a way to explore my family history in Berlin. My father was born into a Jewish Berlin family that was forced to leave its homes in the late 1930s. When he was four, he fled with his immediate family to London. I have used the original architectural plans and sections of his childhood home, since demolished, on Altonaer Straße, to create a series of works that are primarily gouache on paper. The work aims to recognize the loss of this property both as a historical fact and a trauma of displacement.

Selections of these paintings 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.