By Lynne Margaret Brown, Cohort ’14
Having being born and raised in New York City is the main inspiration for most of my artwork. New York, and specifically Queens, exemplifies the idea of the multicultural and multi-dimensional metropolis. This life experience, especially the constant influx of changing immigrant and international culture, has given me a sense of an internal Diaspora. In other words, I am not directly rooted to one space but rather rooted to the consistent chaos and change of contemporary ideas and culture blending with history. Through artistic projects, I analyze the human response to our present and living reality from the perspective of nationality, age, race and class. I attempt this from the viewpoint of the individual rather than the masses. This creative orientation informs my recent Berlin exhibition: North to South, Berliner Voices: My Corner.
As the foundation for an ongoing and international endeavor, these video portraits present a local and individual response to corporate or ‘big media.’ Typically, ‘big media’ uses imagery by removing the individual and their opinions, thus defining views on groups by focusing on differences. This tends to reaffirm fear and anxiety of the Other, shaping our opinions on people and culture. North to South, Berliner Voices: My Corner is a project that tries to tell the story of who we are as individual people. Through a series of inquiries loosely based on collaboration between the Proust Questionnaire and those asked by the StoryCorps project, this artistic response is a visual and auditory exploration of individuals. Specifically in this case, Berliner natives through their own voice, personal experiences, thoughts, and opinions. What do we have in common? How are we different? What is my reality? What are my thoughts, stories, and judgments?
Inspired by personal experience and local community interaction, this video-based art project places a lens upon the lives and voices of Berliners surrounding meine ecke – my corner. Rather than focusing upon the more common topic, the historical division of east to west Berlin, this project spotlights the individual voice, the personal story and the communities where I have spent the majority of my time living in Berlin from the north to the south.
North To South, Berliner Voices:
My Corner/Norden Nach Süden
Berliner Stimmen: Meine Ecke, Video Portraits 2016
Kulturspace, Metzer Strasse 14, 10405 Berlin, Germany
September 16th, 2016 - September 18th, 2016
Links to video:
https://youtu.be/JWKsE9jEbc8, Trailer 2 “What is art for you?”