"The individual picture is less in the foreground [in Us and Them] than the carefully compiled motifs," adds Beckmann. "Nevertheless, there are of course certain photographs that stand out particularly within these series and 'grab' the viewer; these include the night shot with a bus by Eddo Hartmann, the group of children with hoods by Máté Bartha or the empty courtroom by Paula Markert.
"Altogether these artistic positions create an awareness that this kind of demarcation happens in many places, not only in the ones where it is more obvious, like North Korea. They remind us that strong communities are the ones who embrace diversity and inclusion. Hopefully, they inspire every visitor to think about how their own identification might be shaped by the exclusion of 'the others' – or by being part of a group that is excluded."
Us and Them is at Deutsche Börse AG, The Cube, Eschborn, Germany until 19 September 2021.
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