Library I

Private Libraries save individual secrets and identities. They are archives of personal developments and interests and always a statement of the intellectual state of their owner. Martin Mlecko searches for these libraries, book cases and bookshelves in the flats of differently orientated people. He photographs them on-the-spot from various angles and distances, turns to a certain detail at a later point in time and collages ultimately pictures from his memory, pointing out the uniqueness of each individual library. The series Evidenz (evidence) issues the textual and aesthetic interaction of stored and collected books. It is giving hints on the private library as a maybe slowly disappearing cultural possession, of its sometimes also unimposing beauty. Furthermore, it sometimes affiliates with its role as a collage of life itself.

developments and interests and always a statement of the intellectual state of their owner. Martin Mlecko searches for these libraries, book cases and bookshelves in the flats of differently orientated people. He photographs them on-the-spot from various angles and distances, turns to a certain detail at a later point in time and collages ultimately pictures from his memory, pointing out the uniqueness of each individual library. The series Evidenz (evidence) issues the textual and aesthetic interaction of stored and collected books. It is giving hints on the private library as a maybe slowly disappearing cultural possession, of its sometimes also unimposing beauty. Furthermore, it sometimes affiliates with its role as a collage of life itself.

(Wolfgang Schöddert)