The Room Behind the Wall

"Girl with Cloth & Silver Wall"
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"Girl with Cloth & Silver Wall"

"Metal Tree & Tree House"
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"Metal Tree & Tree House"

"Red Curtains & Clearing"
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"Red Curtains & Clearing"

"Caravan & Horse in the Corner"
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"Caravan & Horse in the Corner"

"Mattress & Ropes"
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"Mattress & Ropes"

"Fleece Room & Painted Door"
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"Fleece Room & Painted Door"

"Pig from Behind & Bed Chink"
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"Pig from Behind & Bed Chink"

© 2014  Ute Behrend     C-Print, 60x40 cm

The Room Behind the Wall

In the novel »The Memoirs of a Survivor« by Doris Lessing, a woman lives in a world that seems to break down more and more. One day she discovers, that through meditating on a certain wall in her flat, she is able to traverse space and time. She appears in a room where she re-experiences scenes from her own childhood from the perspective of the now grownup woman she is.
I asked different people to envision and describe such a personal room. Then I rebuilt these rooms or tried to find similar ones and staged a photo. I worked with present environmental conditions and archive material at the same time.
During a scholarship in residence I continued to develop the project together with disabled and mentally handicapped as part of a workshop. I rebuilt the rooms they described and took pictures of them with or without participants.

Exhibition view of Das Zimmer hinter der Wand