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Gesche Würfel
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2019

My visual arts practice is mainly photographic but also includes video, sound, and installation. I combine a wide range of influences from my background as an artist, urban planner, and sociologist to having lived in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. I investigate the relationship we have with our environment in urban places and in cultural and natural landscapes. My photographs engage with the socio-political implications of spatial processes by exploring notions of geography, history, race, class, and gender. Even though most of my photographs do not show people directly, they talk about the traces that people have left behind using or passing through these spaces. Being married to an African-American man, I have started working on topics relating to our relationship and the histories of both our families in the U.S. and Germany through projects about slavery, lynching, the Holocaust, and World War II.

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