This used to be my playground

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This used to be my playground is a solo-exhibition at Cultural Center CK in Skopje as part of the Nordic Summer weekend: Cool as can be, August 2009.

The exhibition consists of a series of images, which documents the remaining twelve trees from a clear-cutting of a woodland area in the northern part of Jutland (DK). Besides the images, a landscape-scenery is established and a series of miniature homes made of matches are installed in the exhibition space and in the outside area of The Cultural Center CK. All homes are custom made and installed in the trees or in the corners of the exhibition space. Common to them all is, that they’re representing alternative but also temporary and vulnerable living.

Excerpts from the exhibition statement:

My starting point for the exhibition is a specific woodland-area in The Fosdalen Plantation in The Northern Jutland in Denmark. - An area of the woods that I used to go to a lot in my childhood, but because of a lot of clear-cuttings, it is not how it used to be anymore. Today, you will only find a few, old trees, that have been left behind. I found that very strange, but after a closer examination I realized that the trees, which are still standing, are housing insects, birds and much more from the woods. My first thought was, that it is very thoughtful of the foresters to do so, but on second thoughts, I also think of how I would feel if my neighborhood was going though such changes and all of a sudden was in ruins with only a few houses left. What will occur and how will I adapt to the situation? Will I be able to continue my daily life? From these viewpoints, I see some similarities in the surroundings of Cultural Center CK. From current problematics such as the clear cutting of the trees in the street of Cultural Center CK, which have causing an outcry and demonstrations in the neighborhood to bigger issues like the radical changes and turbulence the city of Skopje has been going through over the years; from epidemics, fires, earthquakes and not at least the bombings during the war, where a lot of people must have lost their homes.