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Venice / Italy / 07.07.2019

More than 2,000 people onboard. A small town the size of Longyearbyen with cinemas, swimming pools, restaurants, shops and miscellaneous kinds of entertainment, glides across the water ripping at waves like an atomic icebreaker tearing up ice in Antarctic waters. The historical centre of Venice is home to approximately 60,000 inhabitants and every season it sees around 30 million tourists. And ships – floating cities – with thousands of tons of steel, such gigantic buoyancies that regularly raise the water level in the city. One could get the impression that a ship moored to the shore could drag the whole island along with it. Together with the International Art Exhibition, where another ship was exhibited as a “work of art.” Barca Nostra, a ship whose entire passenger complement (refugees from Libya) had drowned. The wreck was bought, and out of the artist’s commission, confirmed by his very own signature, came a “work of art.” At least 800 people had drowned. In Venice, beauty can become cruelty.

The Baltic Sea / Poland / 07.01.2011

It is difficult to imagine that kind of freezing temperatures and how long it took for the Baltic sea to freeze over. No ships could sail. They say there were places where you could travel all the way to Sweden. On foot or horseback, on ice. Or on skates. A frozen sea looks like an image from a sci-fi movie. As if the waves froze still upon the casting of a spell: “Let there be ice.”
Justyna Kruger concealing herself from tourists behind the frame.
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Each photograph used during the journey stops being luggage, changes its destiny, takes on a new life. It creates a unique travel sack with a story in the background. Always just one. One shot, one sack. Luggage (no excess)
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