Camille Carbonaro / Katrin Streicher
Katrin Streicher and Camille Carbonaro deal with the topic of immigration in their works. Both of them are not so much concerned with the exodus – possibly forced by dramatic external circumstances – but rather with the change of living conditions and self-awareness in their new homeland.
Both photographers have a European migration background: Carbonaro’s family moved from Italy to France, Streicher’s ancestors came to Germany from today’s Slovakia. In spite of the similar background, however, the implementation and effect of this analysis are very different. While Carbonaro in her cycle “Immigration – Violence of the Soul”, against the background of her own family history, describes the dissolution of the original culture of different immigrants in their new living environments. Streicher in her project “home is in my imagination” searches for the origin of the traditional rites and customs of her own family, i. e. for her very personal roots.
“Immigration – Violence of the Soul” by Camille Carbonaro
The photographic and graphic works are a visual search for traces of the feeling of being a stranger and self-awareness in an unknown environment. Photographs, narratives and contemporary documents combine the different encounters to create new scenarios. Who’s the stranger? Why do you cut your roots by crossing the border? Is emigration humanitarian violence? In her sensitive way, Carbonaro approaches a definition of modern immigration movements. « My family came to Marseilles from Italy, leaving their language and customs behind. We were strangers to the French. Today we’re just French. »
“home is in my imagination” by Katrin Streicher
Streicher’s grandfather comes from Oberstuben, a former German village in the Slovakian Carpathians. At the age of 17 he left his village and came to Germany. To this day, the local dishes prepared by her grandfather until old age stand for this past. A few years after his death, she went to Oberstuben. After the Second World War, only about 150 members remained of the 4,000 Germans who until 1945 nurtured their own dialect and customs in Oberstuben. « I have searched them for traces of my grandfather’s past, a past that for some of the people of Oberstübner still represents more home than the Oberstuben of today. »
The Brussels based photographer Camille Carbonaro lived & worked for 2 months (February & March 2017) – thanks to some support from Wallonie-Bruxelles International– as Resident Artist at Fotofabrik Bln-Bxl. The work produced during this Residency is shown at this exhibition.