Discovering and photographing the unknown beauty of Europe
Photography is one of my passions and as you can imagine I admire artists who use photography as their medium. Such an artist is the German photographer Susanne Kriemann. She tries to tell the history of buildings via photography and to demonstrate that history rewrites itself.
Her inspiration for her art project was an art deco building which was built in 1931 and which is called “Het Licht” (The Light). It was the home of the socialist newspaper “De Vooruit”, which later became “De Morgen”. At the end of the 20th century Het Licht was turned into a cultural center and nowadays it is being transformed into student flats.
Friemann explores and reconstructs the history of this building via photographs, which were later assembled into a newspaper:
The photos document the various chapters in the life of this historical building, but also suggest imaginary settings for the future. By putting all this into the form of a newspaper, Kriemann is openly referring to the building’s past as a printing works.
Het Licht wasn’t accessible to the public, which is a bit of a shame, because it looks really beautiful, at least from the outside. On the other hand, we could get a copy of the newspaper! I think this is the first time that I see an artwork in the form of a newspaper. I took pictures of both the building and the artwork.
Check out the other pictures on Flickr!