"New Pott": Mischa Kuball shows 100 Lights and 100 Faces in Bochum

"Mischa Kuball: New Pott - 100 Lichter / 100 Gesichter“ (New Pott - 100 Lights - 100 Faces)  – that is the last but one exhibition of the RUHR.2010 project "Mapping The Region" in the Ruhr art museums. It will be opened on October 28 in the art collections of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

Mischa Kuball (check profile here) had already organised a similar project for the 24th Sao Paulo Biennale. His 72 photographs of people from Sao Paulo in their usual environment (which could be seen on the photos), but also in their „social structure“ was the German contribution to the event. Before the photo was taken, there was an exchange of lamps: Kuball removed the lamp of the visited person and replaced it with one he had designed especially for that occasion. Due to this exchange, a conversation between the both parties took place – which was documented by a photographer. Thus, the 72 photos show a profile of the city, providing you with an insight into its optical and social realities.

Familie Willnow, Schweden, Copyright: Egbert Trogemann, Düsseldorf
Familie Willnow, Schweden, Copyright: Egbert Trogemann, Düsseldorf
The Willnow family, Sweden, Copyright: Egbert Trogemann, Düsseldorf

Same method - new contents

The exhibition "New Pott - 100 Lichter / 100 Gesichter" has a similar approach, but will show another result. This time, the special focus is set on the topic of migration as a characteristic feature of the Ruhr. For the project, foreign students and employees at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum agreed to epitomise the Ruhr migrants. They were also visited in their everyday life and answered questions about their living environment. 100 photos were taken (you can see two of them here) – by showing the microcosm Ruhr-Universität, they represent the macrocosm Ruhr.

As of October 28, you can see the photos in the art collections of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, parallel to the historic focus of the exhibition. It is not Kuball’s first „art action“ on the campus of the Ruhr-Universität, though: the mirror-inverted inscription above the library has been designed by him, too. The exhibition also fits perfectly into the photo series of the Arts Centre which regularly features portraits of people connected to and with the Ruhr-Universität.

pic above : the Thomas family, Peru, Copyright: Egbert Trogemann, Düsseldorf

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