Taysir Batniji (Palestine/France), Bogdan Andrei Bordeianu (Romania), Malte Brandenburg (Germany/Denmark), Hannah Darabi (Iran/France), Marlon de Azambuja (Spain), Donato del Giudice (Italy), Lorena Endara (Panama/USA), Gerrit Engel (Germany), Katharina Fitz (Austria/UK), Faten Gaddes (Tunisia/France/USA), Jennifer Garza-Cuen (USA), Florian Generotzky (Germany), Otto Hainzl (Austria), Robert Harding Pittman (Germany/USA), Matthias Hoch (Germany), Jordi Huisman (The Netherlands), Rohan Hutchinson (Australia), Nicu Ilfoveanu (Romania), Gerry Johansson (Sweden), Urte Kaunas (Lithuania/Germany), Yasutaka Kojima (Japan), Dillon Marsh (South Africa), Bernhard Moosbauer (Germany), Huma Mulji (Pakistan), Mame-Diarra Niang (France), Hirohito Nomoto (Japan), Hildegard Ochse (Germany), Yu Ogata & Ichiro Ogata Ono (Japan), Mikula Platz (Germany), Gabriele Rossi (Italy), Katharina Roters (Germany/Hungary), Jörg Rubbert (Germany), Eli Singalovski (Israel), Silvia Sinha (Germany), Rainer Sioda (Germany), Jan Vranovsky (Czech Republic/Japan), Sinta Werner (Germany), Michael Wolf (Germany/Hongkong), Yoshie Atsushi (Japan), Kyler Zeleny (Canada), Harf Zimmermann (Germany)
Our history shapes our present. We are all involuntarily born into a certain culture, a certain region, a certain city somewhere in this world, that in turn shapes our own perception of our surroundings, foreign cultures and the world itself. We are all responsible for making ourselves aware of this fact in order to treat each other with respect, empathy and humanity. Clearly this demands a huge amount of self-reflection and change of perspective from each of us, especially when we encounter “the other” on the streets of our neighborhoods, abroad on our holidays, on the Internet, somewhere in this world, physically or virtually. Our Cities Surrounded contextualizes our own living space within the one of the others around the globe. Differences and similarities become visible proving that we are all somehow linked together.
The urban street scenes away from public buildings and tourist sites reveal the inhabitant's daily surroundings. Without any individuals the images speak generally about human living conditions and their cultural or country-specific manifestations. Buildings last over generations. Therefore they symbolize and witness societal values or a certain aesthetic sense. Both change or decline over time. Edifices decay with it, are abandoned, destroyed or become ruins, or they get reshaped or restored. Our Cities Surrounded speaks about this change, that may have been brutally forced by authorities or happened barely noticeably and slowly over time.
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Yu Ogata & Ichiro Ogata Ono