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Sven Johne Demmin (2007)
6 parts,each 55 x 55 cm, screenprint, needles

In his multi-part work Demmin (2007) the artist constructs a reminiscent landscape. A hardly visible print of a map, which is combined with hardly decipherable private memories, avoids the mapping as an objective method to localise and to preserve an event or history. In its intended function as map it would be useless. Instead, the map is helpful for those tracks which have “hammered” themselves deeply into the scenery of the soul. Sven Johne refers in his work to the biggest known mass suicide in Germany, which took place in April 1945. About a thousand people committed suicide in the village Demmin in Mecklenburg: either for fear of the power of the red army or after they had been tortured or raped by Russian soldiers..

 

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Sven Johne (*1976) lives and works in Leipzig.