Ulrich Wüst, Stadtbilder, 1979-1983
Ulrich Wüst, Nachlass Wiegmann #38, 1990
Ulrich Wüst is featured in the exhibition For Eternity – Archival Strategies in Art at the Kunstraum Alexander Bürkle in Freiburg, Germany. The exhibition explores the role of the museum, the artist, and the art enthusiast in archival strategies in the digital age.
An archive collects documents of historical significance – whether culturally, legally or politically – all of which are chosen, catalogued and conserved. These documents serve as records for both the general public and scholarly research and thus enable societies to continually remember the past. In the 21st century's digital information age, the archive and its memorializing function has gained new meaning, not only as a non-material but also now as a virtual space. We currently find ourselves in a state of continuous generation as we constantly produce new and immeasurable quantities of data.
Wüst's participation in the exhibition explores the artist's role as archivist. In his Stadtbilder series, Wüst captured cities, landscapes and images of everyday life which no longer exist today, creating a portrait of the German Democratic Republic that became frozen at the moment the camera was triggered. In the Nachlass (estate) series Wüst photographed ordinary, left behind objects from a home that he bought in the early 1990s, capturing the memory of the objects before they were diposed of, and thus archiving the lives of those who lived in the house before him.
For Eternity – Archival Strategies in Art will be on view through February 25, 2018.