Rituals of election campaigns of the years 1984-2017
(part of the cycle POWER AND RITUAL)
The election campaigns for the German Bundestag are an ideal occasion to explore strategies of production and self-production across all political parties. It is a work about the endeavour of shading light on the precisely calculated gestures of the actors of these public orchestration, their success in radiate aspects of power and its fascination. It is a view behind the scenes without stepping into them. These photographs expose politics as theatre and a root of acquisition of power in our contemporary democratic society.
These photographs are about the German chancellors Willy Brandt, Helmut Schmidt, Helmut Kohl, Gerhard Schroeder, Angela Merkel and their challengers.
Wahl Kampf Ritual was photographed during the German election campaigns in the years 1984-87, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017. Work in progress…