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Thekla Ehling


“Most people discard their childhood like an old hat. They forget it like a phone number which is no longer current. They see their lives like a salami which is eaten bit by bit, and what has been eaten doesn’t exist any more.”

Erich Kästner (1899 – 1977)

With the series Summer Heart, Thekla Ehling keeps pace with the growing up of her children and their friends. She documents situations and moods and the viewers find themselves entangled in connotations and memories of their own childhoods. „Ehling’s pictures often show moments of isolation, in which a young spirit seems to regard itself as if in a trance. There are preoccupied looks, evidently comparing a current event with one already experienced. The question of how far each mechanism of the subconscious connects to the discovery of individual identity is deliberately left open by Ehling.“

Christoph Schaden