The exhibition HOTEL ANNELIE turns towards a rare image of modern Germany the meaning of which far exceeds its geographical boundaries. Media artist and director Antej Farac a.k.a. Tito Lee happened to be living next to a hostel, Hotel Annelie in Munich which offered modest accommodation for homeless people, small time crooks, junkies and social outsiders. His insights show the gulf between real poverty and Germany’s commonly known affluence. Over the period of several years he was working incessantly in this neighbourhood and, incorporating the inhabitants of Annelie, completed the multi-media art project called HOTEL ANNELIE.
Using various forms of expression, he photographed, video taped, collected sound bites and set up performances using the inhabitants as living material. He produced a documentary, „Mixuga“, on a transsexual truck driver named Laura, and invited artists such as German photographer Martin Fengel and filmmaker Chris Valentien to work in these precarious surroundings. And finally he realized the feature film ANNELIE, which premiered in Busan, Korea makes up the biggest part of this ‚Gesamtkunstwerk’. His goal is simple and of universal value: ‚Hotel Annelie’ gives insight into a section of German reality, archiving and conserving conditions in a world faced with its demise.
The hostel gives shelter to a wide spectrum of misfits who have formed a second level society, an unconnected subdivision with its own functioning community spirit. This small part of Germany seems to coexist independently next to its well-to-do big brother, and yet is part of the larger whole. The show examines the social landscape of a questionable subculture with scrutiny and a knowing smile, discovering a showcase of our human existence.
Dr. Clarence Cook Jr.
THE EXHIBITION IN CHURCH BRUDER KLAUS
The ‚godfather of neoconservatism‘, Author Irving Kristol reasons ‚for those who are experiencing a Christian impulse, an impulse toward Imitatio Christi which could lean toward socialism (...) is the attitude of Christianity toward the poor‘. The strong relationship between early Christianity and poverty makes churches the right place for this exhibition.
With installations, video art and performances Tito Lee took the image of his "Annelieaner" to the church Bruder Klaus in Biel. Panel discussions, workshops and prayers for dialogue supported the combination of the modern fate with motifs of traditional, religious art. The series of large-scale light boxes to Psalm 23 "The Lord is my shepherd - I shall not want" shook not only the nerve of the Christian faith, but led to conversations between people experiencing poverty and the bishop of Basel.
The feature film ‚Annelie‘ was recieved by an enthusiastic audience and overwhelmed critics at film festivals across the globe. The movie is an important part of the the exhibition and should ideally be screened at cinemas near the venue. In order to underline the event character of the show public space between the cinema and the gallery should also be used for installations. Visitors strolling between the premises will experience the all-pervasive presence of ‚Hotel Annelie‘s‘ topic.
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