Stine Eriksen
Desautorizado. 2008 - 2011

50 injekt prints on Hahnemuehle paper
110 x 133 cm

For this comprehensive series, Eriksen also photographed factory buildings in Berlin and the east of Germany. Here, too, the decay and the relics of former industrialisation are the most obvious theme. But it is also the emptiness, the loss of actual purpose, of which the artist knows how to tell an impressive story, the absence of the people who found work here over several generations. Some factory halls seem to have been gutted, swept clean, as if prepared for a new use. Other rooms, on the other hand, seem to have been suddenly abandoned in a hurry and then forgotten. But traces were always left behind, visible and invisible

The title of the exhibition Desautorizado not only signifies a situation in the sense of "forbidden", but also describes the loss and change of value, the loss and change of meaning. Language as an instrument that can convey meanings always remains symbolic. The content of such symbols which have subjective values, which naturally differ individually and are socially changeable, is updated every day. On the one hand, this is about the function and temporal reality of economic progress, but on the other hand, it is also about the function of language, about language that is always evolving, but always remains just a limited approximation. In her works, Stine Eriksen addresses a scepticism towards those promises, whether social or interpersonal, that remain unredeemable.

Peer Golo Willi
Exhibition text for Desautorizado/Unbefugt.