Erbgericht by Andrea Grützner at gallery Robert Morat

“For over a hundred years “Erbgericht” is a county inn in rural Saxony, in a village called Polenz. Andrea Grützner, born 1984 in Pirna, grew up nearby and tells of a big old house “full of nooks and crannies, whose corners and object have the memories of generations attached to them. It’s a collage of material built over generations!”. The images of her series “Erbgericht”, taken in one analog shot and without any post production or digital alternation of the picture, are studies of these corners and objects. Through the use of color flash and the creation of strong shadow lines, these interiors look alienated and transformed. “Shadows are traces and marks that have a direct relation to the object, but through the projection, these objects can appear twice as big or transformed and changed, they take on their own lives” and thus, says Andrea Grützner, they work a lot like memories.” — Galerie Robert Morat /

May 13, 2016 - Jul 31, 2016

Linienstraße 107
10115 Berlin / Germany


Erbgericht © Andrea Gruetzner

Erbgericht © Andrea Gruetzner

As a type of historical communal building, arising from a former traditional village law court with brewing and selling rights, the „Erbgericht“ has been a guesthouse in the eastern part of Germany for more than a hundred years. The house is a projection screen for generations of memories and emotions. As a guest with both familiarity with the area, and yet a feeling of alienation from it, I enter into a visual dialogue with this building which has cast a spell over me for years. I use photography to create a tension between abstraction and the real existence of a place, where I have the feeling that many things are not ordinarily accessible to the senses. The installed filtered flashlights produce a near-instant moment of defamiliarization in the house itself, not clearly visible to the eye. The transient appearance is fixed on the analog film material, and ‚Other Spaces‘ (in the sense of Michel Foucault) full of entangled relations are unveiled. In the fragmented photographic spaces, one cannot be sure if one perceives objects or glowing shadows. As an imperfect representation, or trace of a real object, shadows are closely related to photography: they both show things which are or have been there as a distorted version of reality. Based on the photographs, one reconstructs the place in a totally different manner; a process similar to how we recall places and spaces in our memory. The real house echoes in the pictures, in which one’s sense of time and space becomes lost.

Andrea Grützner

*1984 Pirna, Germany

— studies photography and new media in the graduate arts and design program at the FH Bielefeld University. Her work has been seen in magazines and exhibitions. Grützner is a contributor to the German art photography magazine Der Greif. She lives in Berlin.



2011 Don’ t Lose the Juice, Gallery FH Bielefeld / Germany
2010 Die Literatten, Cultural Center Constance / Germany
2009 Werkschau, Arts Center Constance / Germany