Online Residency Archive:

Stephan Weitzel - Wedding Cards

Stephan Weitzel was C4RD's Online resident in March 2009. He made one drawing per day - a Wedding Card - that was updated constantly and followed on this page.


The work produced for this project was also seen in Berlin during April 2009 at secondhome projects Schererstraße 11 Berlin-Wedding.


A one month Online Residency, one drawing per day.


Wedding Cards are presented as postcards from Berlin.Wedding is the name of one of Berlin’s boroughs, referring to the patronymic of the ancient farmyard’s founder. Highly industrial in the 19th century, the area became known as the “Red Wedding“ in the early 20th century, as a working-class and communist hotspot. Today, it is one of the city’s most multicultural and multiracial neighbourhoods, where most Berliners wouldn’t want to live, ignoring its qualities.

 

Referring visually to the postcard and its use of proud imagery - here translated into drawings - I will scrutinize the area on a daily basis, looking at people and places, at what could qualify for a postcard view, or what couldn't (then developping this "unfit" view and present it precisely for that reason).

On the reverse of each drawing handwritten thoughts and scenes gathered, wordy testimonies and aphoristic memorabilia will contribute to make each day’s work a true greeting card from Berlin-Wedding.


The double meaning of the word Wedding in English will nourish the reflection on today’s possible unions in the area (past and present, present and future, rich and poor, educated and uneducated, German “old style“ and German “new style“, etc.).


The series has developed out of another ensemble of larger gouache drawings,

German Wedding. These are based upon the surface of things, upon façades and street signs (the outstanding presence of the English idiom), at juxtapositions and superimpositions of visuals, thus of worlds of references.

There is no need to run the world to see it. We only have to look up and observe. The series draws upon the presence of German cultural references, often unquestioned because integrated, or forgotten about... (what is it that makes cultural if not national identification spots part of a society’s vital heritage?)


Stephan Weitzel, Berlin, Feb. 2009