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Gesche Würfel
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2020

I am a visual artist working in photography. In my work, I investigate the relationships humans have with their environment. I combine a wide range of influences from my background as an artist, urban planner, and sociologist to having lived in Germany, the UK, and the U.S. 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 they have left behind using or passing through these spaces. I am particularly drawn to unusual, mundane, and often overlooked spaces. By exploring these, I offer the viewer insights about spaces they may never visit or simply do not notice. My practice is research-based and usually has a strong theoretical foundation, which enables me to place my work not only in an art context but also beyond.

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