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Gesche Wurfel
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

My visual arts practice is mainly photographic but also includes video and urban interventions. 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 work engages with the socio-political effects of spatial processes by exploring notions of geography, race, history, gender, and class. Even though most of my work does not show people directly, it talks about the traces that they have left behind using or passing through these spaces. I am particularly drawn to unusual, derelict, mundane, and often overlooked spaces as these offer a vast area of hidden (local) histories. By exploring these, I offer the viewer insights about spaces they may never visit or simply do not notice.

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