As the first round of the Artist-in-Residence programme Passage, I was gratefully able to work with the two artists Laura Pannack and Bert Villa in November. During their presence, both of them intensively explored the region of the Dübener Heide. “Their different perceptions of the territory are shaped by intensive research on youth culture in connection with traditional stories (Pannack) as well as visible structures of economic geography (Villa).
For Laura Pannack, encounters with people are central to her artistic work. She is interested to connect the uniqueness of a place with the nature of the person she photographs. In her photographic approach, Pannack completely redefines the understanding of how the traditional stories of the Dübener Heide region were received in different eras.
Bert Villa is fascinated by visible structures that directly serve the provision of resources. The drinking water supply from the Dübener Heide for the Leipzig/Halle area or the extraction of sand as the basis for the construction industry – as an architect, Villa knows which individual parts form a unit. Uncoding and breaking down these parts is Villa’s approach to develop a work about the region of the Dübener Heide.” (text: Passage AiR)
I am responsible for the artistic organisation and direction of the Passage programme.