Die Weltesche Yggdrasil oder die Suche nach einer verlorenen Erinnerung
DIE WELTESCHE YGGDRASIL
ODER DIE SUCHE NACH EINER VERLORENEN ERINNERUNG (2016)
THE WORLDTREE YGGDRASIL
OR THE SEARCH FOR A LOST MEMORY (2016)
97 Fine Art prints on Hahnemühle, various sizes, 80 Mounted slides in a slide projector, 4 Videos, 80 Trees, fretworks, 25.5 × 19.5 cm, 1 Tree, paper, and China ink, 45 × 40 cm, in a Plexiglas case
Working with letters, documents, stories, photographs, and other found objects, Andreas Hopfgarten constructed "the lost memory" of his family from World War II and the period directly thereafter. Like an archaeologist, he carefully excavated this hybrid puzzle with all of its gaps that he then reassembled piece by piece and filled with his own images and objects. Hopfgarten’s method is exemplary, since our memory is fed from a multitude of fragments and clichés of lived life. Remembering is not about facts, but rather a sort of diving into the sediments of our soul, where we have buried fear, joy, happiness, love, pain, and loss, and stored everything we have experienced in a sort of flight recorder. A smell, a sound, or an image may open this box and bring to mind that memories are deeply planted in our being—like the "World Tree Yggdrasil," encompassing the past, the present, and the future.
Stefan Becht, gute aussichten 2016/2017