UTA BEYER // HEIMLICH
Uta Beyer’s photo essay Heimlich is a conceptual work based on a set of psychological, archaeological, and aesthetic approaches as a basis to explore and represent a group of 20 homes of impoverished old people living in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 2012. In the centre of the project are the homes’ interiors and their objects of everyday life. Heimlich is a proposition to read photographed objects in a new, imaginative, utopian way of seeing, as an access to another kind of experience, where the viewer may gain knowledge of the reality through intuition. Contrary to a rather traditional understanding of history-as-narrative (“this has been”) this photo essay suggests to read photographs as different possibilities or options, asking “could this be possible”? It suggests to abandon the attempt to find one single correct interpretation of the past and what we see in the photo, but rather asks: What does this thing, this fragment from the past mean for what I am, we are, now? Being freed from the burden of obtaining the one and only objective, factual knowledge of reality, we are open to search for insight into new ways of knowledge, for a reality beyond reason.
Uta Beyer is a documentary photographer currently based in Tbilisi, Georgia. She specializes in documentary features and social issues in the region and throughout the world. Before coming to Georgia, she has lived in Turkey, Tanzania, South Africa and Germany. Uta is a master degree graduate in Sociology and Economics of the University of Cologne, Germany. In 2012, Uta finished her MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the University of the Arts London, College of Communication, with distinction. Uta has completed a long-term documentary project on a Tbilisi suburb that will culminate in a book to be published in 2013, and has started working on her second long-term project in Georgia.