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Josephine Meckseper

Bunker, Germany, 2009

Mixed media 205/270/270 cm

Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart

Josephine Meckseper’s point of departure and source of inspiration is the sniper position (bunker) featured in Paul Virilio’s book “Bunker Archaeology” (1975). Meckseper connects to the image and presents her impression of it to the spectator by reintroducing its monumental dimensions. She places it in the museum space in full size, without hiding the image of the veil covered Muslim woman reflected in it. By so doing, Meckseper opens an intense discussion on the universal political reality, of two opposing fronts - the West facing the rising Islam. The thick walls of the image stress the lack of communication space between those two forms - so similar in their physical qualities yet so distant in their way of thinking.