FORT: Ghosts



English / German, Hardcover
• 144 pages

• 24 x 27 cm
• 9783954764570
• Published by DISTANZ, 2022


FORT: Ghosts was funded by the grant of the Hessische Kulturstiftung.

FORT collected vintage dollhouses and photographed the various empty rooms for the artists’ book Ghosts. Each house shows the hand of an individual owner and can be read as a portrayal of the erstwhile residents and their ideas on how to live. But the photographs also capture later alterations such as a child’s efforts to embellish or modernize the objects. Abandoned and desolate yet haunted by the ghosts of the childhoods of different generations and social classes, the dollhouses awaken to a peculiar second life.

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The two artists who make up FORT, Jenny Kropp (b. 1978 in Frankfurt am Main) and Alberta Niemann (b. 1982 in Bremen), transfer everyday objects into the context of contemporary art. Through subtle interventions, FORT alienates the supposedly familiar in their body of work, while simultaneously allowing it to tip over into the unfamiliar. The artists live and work in Berlin.