Gallery: world in a room, Berlin 2016
Exhibition: Deichtorhallen Hamburg 2016
MAGNIT (ongoing since 2011)
The long-time photography project „Magnit“ explores five places of hope and desire for a new spiritual era in western Siberia. „Gulag“ and „Exile“ were synonyms for Siberia for many years. Today people are talking in Russia, especially in esoteric and spiritual societies, about Siberia as magical place on earth which entails: „duhovny magnity“ or „mesta syli“ which means energetic and spiritual enchanted or healing places that attract people who are seeking for a spiritual or mystic experience. The sacred places are mostly located in the nature which are connected with legends, mythology or prophecies, mostly related to mystical lakes, rivers, forest or holy mountains. Some spiritual leaders created on their own visions in those places which contain beliefs about the new ark in Siberia and hope for the world if the Third World War and catastrophes will come over the world in the future. The people who decided to live there are dreaming of a future society and new spiritual culture.
20 years after the fall of the Soviet Union the utopia becomes real today in diverse spiritual movements and communities in Siberia. The seekers use diverse esoteric teachings, spiritual and healing practices or follow new religion movements like esoteric Orthodoxy, Theosophy, Sufism, Shamanism, Buddhism or Syncretism, where diverse philosophies and religious teachings get combined to one philosophy of life.
I focus on the phenomenon of the new desire and dream in today’s Siberia, and search for symbols, metaphors and allegories to reflect the state of mind and the atmosphere. Closeness and distance are basic conditions of this work. The journey takes thousand of kilometers to get from one place to another and facing my own experience and my anthropological interests.
Part of the photography series is an experimental six minute shortfilm, which take an atmospheric, fragmental and overlaping journey to the magical places with the transsiberian rail.