Feature Articles

June Issue 2002

The Light Factory in Charlotte, NC, Features Exhibition Comparing Charlotte and Berlin Germany

The Light Factory in Charlotte, NC, is presenting the exhibition entitled, Urban Identities: The Topography of Desire, featuring photographic works by Jacqueline Heer and Christian Rothmann. The exhibition will be on view through June 15, 2002.

Urban Identities: The Topography of Desire is an on-going project by Swiss-born, Charlotte, NC, multi media artist Jacqueline Heer. The purpose of the project is to extend a conceptual exploration of the city beyond national boundaries, by reflecting comparatively on two dynamic urban centers: Charlotte, an emerging banking capital, and Berlin, an emerging political capital.

Charlotte and Berlin are apt sites for a variety of divergent and parallel considerations, the most immediately apparent being that they are both undergoing a rapid transition from traditional insular cities and into much larger internationally connected urban environments. Both cities are at a critical point of transition, experiencing fundamental structural mutations while attempting to define their new location in a rapidly changing global arena. This process of transformation is a product not only of functional necessity, but also of the collective desire and imagination of the people who occupy these physical spaces, at once enshrining the past and aspiring to the future.

The pulse of this project draws its beat from the assumption that these cities reflect a record of collective memory as well as collective desire manifested in an artistic exploration of the many parallels shared by these cities as they recreate themselves anew in a changing world order.

To broaden the perspective on this project, painter and photographer, Christian Rothmann has lived and worked in Berlin most of his life and will offer his insight based on his unique impressions and interventions in both cities. An artist who has lived and worked in Berlin for most of his life, his method has been to travel the world over asking passers-by, tourists and local people to hold his portrait and pose for his camera. The resulting color images are finally paired with abstract photographic images in order to produce mirrors of worlds near and far, of stillness and movement, of things abstract and concrete, micro and macro.

Over the last three years, Rothmann's work has evolved from a sort of diary into a site-specific ongoing project, documenting the inter-human communications of various cities. The transformations Charlotte and Berlin are experiencing are inadvertently associated with complex sociological, political, and economic problems, but are also ground for exciting new visions. It is well known that Berlin has undergone a fierce public debate on this issue and the intention of Urban Identities: The Topography of Desire is to stimulate a broader discourse in Charlotte. What better place to explore these debates than in an art gallery setting - the common ground in which a safe space is established to create dialogues around art and ideas.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 704/333-9755, e-mail at (info@lightfactory.org) or on the web at (www.lightfactory.org).

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