In 1927, at the Werkbund Exhibition in Stuttgart, one of the Frankfurt Kitchens, designed by Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, was displayed. The design had been developed for the typology of the Frankfurt housing program –the so called NEUES FRANKFURT­– and then was realized in various types. Since the late 1980s, most of the original kitchens have been removed from the apartments in the course of tenant changes and maintenance work. At the same time, modernist furniture and objects turned into classics, and originals became rare collectibles. For years, salvaged kitchens from Frankfurt had been stored in Stuttgart. This storage resembled a geological excavation site. Looking first at the arrangement of all these dissasembled kitchens, I was reminded of geological layers. Not only did traces of use, conversion and losses come to light, the simplicity and awkwardness of the single objects and remains, as well as their craftsmanship, became apparent. It had absolutely nothing to do with the iconic images that had been published in the STEIN-HOLZ-EISEN-Journal in 1927. For that reason, I decided to use only black-and-white films. Focusing on the structure and spatial quality of the arrangement and the surface texture of single objects, the work »Typen« deals with characteristics of modernist photography in the 1920s and 1930s, and thus, with the history of its own medium.

Modellansicht, Maßstab 1:20

6 Silbergelatineabzüge

110 × 110 cm, 110 × 100 cm

1 Digitaldruck, Baugerüst

200 × 290 cm

Edition

3