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The House Lived

Lukas Stadelmann

Everything is transient. Nevertheless, people tend to cling to the material things that are connected with personal memories.

Point of departure of Lukas Stadelmann’s book “Das gelebte Haus” (The House Lived) is his grandmother’s moving to a more fitting home. The former residence on the Rheingasse in Basel’s old town center serves Stadelmann as a projection surface for the process of an involuntary release of personally charged stories.

Now a mere empty hull, the traces of objects and their bygone use become recognizable in the bare spaces. Like Stadelmann’s stagings in the rooms of the house, the projections of old photographs from the family album revive childhood memories.

Reconstructed past. Basel, Rheingasse 88. Lukas Stadelmann, 2018
Family at the dining table, Basel, Rheingasse 88. Unknown author and date.
Projection of my grandparents, Basel, Rheingasse 88. Lukas Stadelmann and unknown author, 2018
Wall to wall. Basel, Rheingasse 88. Sjanca Oppliger, 2018
My Grandfather on the patio, Basel, Rheingasse 88. Unknown author and date.
The Floor is Lava, Basel, Rheingasse 88. Lukas Stadelmann, 2018
Scent of apples, Basel, Rheingasse 88. Lukas Stadelmann, 2018
Christmas as a child, Basel, Rheingasse 88. Lukas Stadelmann, 2018