ALTONAER STRAßE, 2

In 2006, in work that evolved out my New York series, SIDES, I began using lost architecture as a way to explore my family history in Berlin. My father was born into a Jewish Berlin family that was forced to leave its homes in the late 1930s. When he was four, he fled with his immediate family to London. I have used the original architectural plans and sections of his childhood home, since demolished, on Altonaer Straße, to create a series of works that are primarily gouache on paper. The work aims to recognize the loss of this property both as a historical fact and a trauma of displacement.


Selections of these paintings were included in the 2011-2012 Heimatkunde exhibition at the Jewish Museum, Berlin and are now part of the museum’s permanent collection. Please click here to view installation images.

Altonaer Straße, 2 Elevation 1
2009
gouache on paper
22"x30"

former residence of Anne (née Berger) and Bernhard Hass

Altonaer Straße, 2 Section 1
2009
gouache on paper
22"x30"

former residence of Anne (née Berger) and Bernhard Hass

Altonaer Straße, 2 Plan 6
2009
gouache on paper
22"x30"

former residence of Anne (née Berger) and Bernhard Hass

Altonaer Straße, 2 Elevation 2
2009
gouache on paper
22"x30"

former residence of Anne (née Berger) and Bernhard Hass

Altonaer Straße, 2 Stairs 1
2008
gouache on paper
22"x30"

former residence of Anne (née Berger) and Bernhard Hass

Altonaer Straße, 2 Stairs 2
2008
gouache on paper
22"x30"

former residence of Anne (née Berger) and Bernhard Hass

Altonaer Straße, 2 Stairs 3
2008
gouache on paper
22"x30"

former residence of Anne (née Berger) and Bernhard Hass

Altonaer Straße, 2 Stairs 4
2008
gouache on paper
22"x30"

former residence of Anne (née Berger) and Bernhard Hass

Altonaer Straße, 2 Stairs Plan 1
2008
gouache on paper
22"x30"

former residence of Anne (née Berger) and Bernhard Hass

Altonaer Straße, 2 Plan 2
2008
gouache on paper
22"x30"

former residence of Anne (née Berger) and Bernhard Hass

Altonaer Straße, 2 Plan 3
2008
gouache on paper
22"x30"

former residence of Anne (née Berger) and Bernhard Hass

Altonaer Straße, 2 Plan 4
2008
gouache on paper
22"x30"

former residence of Anne (née Berger) and Bernhard Hass

Altonaer Straße, 2 Plan 5
2008
gouache on paper
22"x30"

former residence of Anne (née Berger) and Bernhard Hass

Altonaer Straße, 2 Plan 7
2008
gouache on paper
22"x30"

former residence of Anne (née Berger) and Bernhard Hass

Altonaer Straße, 2 Plan 8
2008
gouache on paper
22"x30"

former residence of Anne (née Berger) and Bernhard Hass

Altonaer Straße, 2 Plan 9
2008
gouache on paper
22"x30"

former residence of Anne (née Berger) and Bernhard Hass

Altonaer Straße, 2 Plan 7,8,9 studies
2008
gouache on vintage graph
all work3 8"x9"

former residence of Anne (née Berger) and Bernhard Hass

2009
gouache on paper

former residence of Anne (née Berger) and Bernhard Hass

2009
gouache on paper

former residence of Anne (née Berger) and Bernhard Hass

Altonaer Straße, 2 Sewn 1
2008
canvas strands and paper
34"x47"

former residence of Anne (née Berger) and Bernhard Hass

Altonaer Straße, 2 Sewn 4
2008
canvas strands and paper
34"x47"

former residence of Anne (née Berger) and Bernhard Hassa

Altonaer Straße, 2 Sewn 3
2008
canvas strands and paper
34"x47"

former residence of Anne (née Berger) and Bernhard Hass

Altonaer Straße, 2 Sewn 2
2008
canvas strands and paper
34"x47"

former residence of Anne (née Berger) and Bernhard Hass