The natives of Europe: Draft: Photography and Video Installation

When Landers began this project in 2014 nobody other than politicians and those working in global business and finance were considering why Europe is important to us.  Following the BREXIT referendum, the refugee drama, the rise of the right and “Fridays for future”, it has become a matter of importance to everyone.

 

In 2014, Landers was looking for a unifying narrative in the hearts of Europeans across national borders. He found the narrative in: we all are The Natives of Europe, The first Nations. Anybody who comes to Europe is sharing the status of the original nations with us.  This is just as much the case for people coming from the USA, Canada or Australia, for example, who might feel themselves to be second nations in their own homeland.

 

C. G. Jung recommended to Europeans in the early 20th Century, that if they raised the question of Europe, they were most likely to see the answer from a skyscraper in New York.

 

From a different point of view: in talking with an Australian, who had already lived in Germany for one year and spoke good German, I mentioned the Aborigines. She asked, softy "What happened with the natives from here? Nobody is talking about them". Surprised, kooking around, I replied "We are the natives." She looked at me deeply and said "amazing how far they have developed."  We shouldn't endanger it after all that happened in Europe in the early 20th century.

 

Subject

The hidden Others - See the others how they could be.

 

MATERIAL

Scroll pictures: archival pigment print, beech, pine, cardboard roll

Material of construction: steel, shotcrete, glass, plastic

The setup I accomplish with local materials at the exhibition site. In doing so, I create a tangible and authentic connection between scroll paintings and the exhibition venue.

 

Scroll pictures

230 Scroll pictures - archival pigment print, Beechwood, pinewood, cardboard roll

 

Video projection

Still Beamer projectors, projection of a total of 395 scroll images from 18 international cities, in rows of 5 to 18 individual images depending on the size of the exhibition location