Oscar Lebeck (b.1993, Hamburg, Germany) – studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig and the Glasgow School of Art. His work revolves around history, memory, and society – often by the use of photography, video, and archive collections, expanding the possibilities between the representation of space and models. He lives in Berlin and Leipzig.
I turn primarily to architecture and photography, because they make the inextricable link with objectiveness visible. In my artistic practice, which is the subject of an aesthetic mode of operation, architectural research is intended to determine the qualitative and communicative commitment to declare its social, political and participatory nature.
The project investigates the relationship between the visible and represented traces of memorial sites in the German-Polish border area. It pursues the idea of emphasizing the remaining structures of the sites by making them perceptible in a different way. Based on the narrative energy emanating from these relicts, a new reality is to emerge through the use of volume models. The spatial cubatures of the various areas of the Groß-Rosen concentration camp will be reconstructed in a smaller scale and placed in perspective on a photograph of the foundation walls of the camp, so that the viewer is able to re-establish the connection between inside, outside – and what used to be there. The so created spaces fulfill the classical concept of a place of preservation and memory, while at the same time reconstructing the social space.