Exhibition views, Villa Massimo, Rome 2012
Two-part ink-jet prints, 154 x 205 cm, texts
Clearing examines an elementary form of space: the room. Unaccompanied under-age refugees in Germany are accommodated in so-called “clearing houses” until their legal status has been clarified. Eva Leitolf’s starting point for this work was a former army barracks in Munich, which has served since 2011 as a reception centre for asylum-seekers. Newly arrived young refugees generally took over not freshly painted rooms, but walls with their predecessors’ pictures and stories. Little details in the bright but sparsely furnished rooms, traces left behind, tell of their temporary residents.
Clearing has been exhibited at Schaustelle der Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich (2013), NCCA in Moscow (2013), Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg (2014), Haus der Fotografie/Deichtorhallen in Hamburg (2014) and Badischer Kunstverein in Karlsruhe (2016).