wings, steps, fire
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Wings, Steps, Fire (2021) asks questions about historical objects found in fields and forests by so-called probers. These finds are not only considered evidence of "historical" narratives, but also trophies that circulate on online forums – a form of tangible currency for the time amateur archaeologists spend searching with metal detectors. The finds are photographed and uploaded to the forums to be commented on and admired, but also for purposes of sale and resale.
The work looks at historical narratives - and the objects and photographs that carry them - as currencies, as trophies of power and as objects of desire. The result is a cacophony of contradictory narrative logics, temporalities and sensations that range from reassuring to uncomfortable, raising questions about the process that presents found objects as carriers of historical authenticity and vessels of nostalgia and projection; much like the cinematic and photographic process itself.
Curator Seda Yildiz
Installation view, Museum für Fotografie Berlin, 2021
Installation view, 8. Triennale der Photographie Hamburg, 2022