The Lives We Never Lived

illustration

The works in “The Lives We Never Lived” focus on missed chances, unspoken words and lost opportunities. All the things, that are constantly floating around in our minds, yet never get the chance to actually be lived … until the point they become forgotten. The project’s starting point was a series of interviews with senior citizens in our environment. Snippets from those interviews, memories — both good and bad — were then taken as inspiration for the respective works. We chose to work with old photographs and objects, some from our illustrators’ families, others randomly found at flea-markets, to visualize these highly fleeting aspects of human existence. Living in a world, in which all sorts of media constantly tells us to seize the day, it is becoming ever more difficult to actually feel (let alone show) feelings of regret, sorrow or resignation. The artworks seek to give these emotions a visual space, to let them be seen and lived, so we can start to see them not only as failure but maybe as opportunity.

with: kettnervogl
photographs: Daniela Vogl

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