Feature, 01.05.2012

Reading an East German Photo Archive, 1967–1990
Halle 14 – Zentrum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig
06.05. – 01.07.2012


Credits: Vertreterempfang in Falstaff Rundgang Minister Mozambique 16.03.1978 | Leuchtenbau Leipzig Polytechnik MMM Austellung, 08.05.1974; both images ©Archiv Mende

Double Bound Economies begins with a photo archive from the German Democratic Republic (GDR) by photographer Reinhard Mende. Produced as commissioned works, the photographs dramatize the situation of productions in “Volkseigene Betriebe” and the “Internationale Leipziger Messe” from 1967 to 1990. From the archive, Double Bound Economies moves toward contemporary artistic and spatial positions, historical and theoretical analyses, and the production of a video project. Artists, theorists, scholars, and former participants were invited to view, comment on, or select from the archive. This collective work method resulted in a polyphonic dramatization of the archive while also reporting on a nonlinear approach to the GDR.


Credits: Installationview | Olaf Nicolai, Girlfriends, 2012 | Kiluanji Kia Henda: Karl Marx Luanda, 2006

Following the presentation in Leipzig, Double Bound Economies will be exhibited at the Centre de la Photographie, Geneva (September–October 2012) and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (January–February 2013).

HALLE 14 Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei