Baumringe (“Tree Rings”)
“The spiral as a symbol of all life and progress.
I am writing.
Losing myself. De-bordering myself.
My ritual for events that I cannot understand and do not want to understand from a human perspective.…
As slowly and cautiously as a snail.
With quill and ink on paper.
At one, starting to turn on the floor.
1928 the days of WW I
2076 the days of WWII
8000 the victims of the massacre in Srebrenica
22000 the victims of the massacre in Katyn
5278 refugees reaching Lampedusa in January 2011
19000+x refugees dying at sea near Lampedusa
Is man able to learn from history?
Does he want that at all?
How long will the spiral keep turning and when will it change its direction?
Will our way of thinking ever change?
Doesn’t our way of thinking finally have to change?
Aren’t we all one with nature and don’t we all turn in circles together as small parts of the same spiral?
Circling around each other we move
Searching with our thoughts
Towards this point
Opening up for us
To a space
Which without time and limits
Could be no space anymore
About Julia Schmid
works and lives in Berlin
“Grown up in a small village in Southern Germany.
Not seen anything during childhood.
Therefore often doubted truth and despite and
in defiance of that
especially trained seeing.
At the age of 17 escape to England.
Discovery of photography.
Advanced art course. Abitur.
Escape to Munich. 2000.
Various jobs in photography and film, various doubts.
Study of photography, graduation 2008.
Escape to Berlin. Break with photography.
Rediscovered drawing, writing and philosophy.
Various doubts in society and myself as a part of it.
Various participations in national and international exhibitions.”