During my time in Gothenburg, I spent a lot of time thinking about how to make art with indigent people – in my case these were beggars on the streets of Gothenburg – without having the feeling of taking advantage of their situation. I ended up working on a project I titled «About Giving and Taking», asking beggars to take my photo. Why? Read these PDFs and take a look at the pictures.
I hung four photographs along with three short texts, which were a substantial part of the exhibition. Each picture was accompanied by a title tag with the photographers’ (= beggars’) names as titles.
Moreover, there was an Exhibition Catalogue that contained some information about how I approached the project, what difficulties I encountered and more.
Special thanks to:
- Everyone who visited the exhibition for showing up and discussing the topic.
- Seraina Mandra, for tolerating my talking about this all the time, for helping me sort out my thoughts, for constant feedback, and for much more.
- Renzo Martens, for inspiring me through his work and his talking about it.
- Anna Strand, for her tutoring and the inputs along the way, and for recommending Renzo Martens‘s film to me.
- Yacob Raapasqua, for the conversations about this project and its topic.
- Nelly Ditcheva & Aura Camelia, for helping me with Bulgarian and Romanian translations, as many of the beggars in Gothenburg are from these countries.
- Heinrich Ehnert, for helping me hang the exhibition and set up the gallery