News-Sketches

Wie bewältigt man den ständigen Fluss an Nachrichtenbildern, die täglich auf uns einstürmen? Manchmal entziehe ich mich den Bildern. Ich habe einen weiteren Weg gefunden, mit ihnen umzugehen: Mein News-Sketches-Projekt. Ich verarbeite die Fotos als Zeichnung. Sie verändern sich dadurch, bekommen eine andere Wirkung, werden manchmal sogar stärker als die Ursprungs-Fotos. 15 Tage lang habe ich mir jeden Tag das Motiv ausgesucht, welches mich am meißten berührte und  habe es schnell und leicht mit Tusche umgesetzt. Die Sammlung ist ein gar merkwürdiges Tagebuch geworden.
15 Tage im Oktober 2017...

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1. Oktober 2017. Die Auseinandersetzungen um das Catalonia Referendum in Barcelona beschäftigen mich. (Foto: Lluis Gene)

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People fleeing their homes. All over the world, all through times. Just immagine you would have to flee, leave everything that is dear to you behind, because it is safer leaving than staying... (Photo: Fred Dufour)

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Day of the German Unity - I never understood why this day was choosen to celebrate the German unity, not November 10th, when the peaceful revolution of the East-Germans lead to an opening of East-Germany and thousands of East- and West-Germans climbed the wall at the Brandenburg Gate. I slept through the events of the night to awake to a changed world. Went to work and then directly to the Brandenburg Gate and to this bridge, where East-German cars were welcomed with incredible joy and presents from the West-Germans.

Not politicians but the peacefully demonstrating people of East-Germany made this day possible. I will never forget.Day of the German Unity - I never understood why this day was choosen to celebrate the German unity, not November 10th, when the peaceful revolution of the East-Germans lead to an opening of East-Germany and thousands of East- and West-Germans climbed the wall at the Brandenburg Gate. I slept through the events of the night to awake to a changed world. Went to work and then directly to the Brandenburg Gate and to this bridge, where East-German cars were welcomed with incredible joy and presents from the West-Germans. Not politicians but the peacefully demonstrating people of East-Germany made this day possible. I will never forget.

(Photo: Marion von Oppeln)

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The people of Yemen are suffering terribly. Not only due to the war, but also to a devastating cholera epidemic. (Photo: Mohammed Huwais)

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What importance does "culture" have for us? We can breathe, eat, love and survive without. Or don't we? We get a glimpse of its importance when it is destroyed, as was the ancient city of Nimrud in Iraq by ISIS. The temple in my sketch no longer exists. The ISIS took it very seriously and made a big effort to destroy the entire ancient city. Why would they do such a thing? Because they are aware of the importance of culture for our identity. These ancient stones and sculptures tell us something about who we are. That is culture. What does our culture of today tell us about who we are?

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Children and again children - they are the ones suffering most from every war. I can't help it - these images touch me most. Because they are the future. Here is a scene from a film by Haru Mutasa for Al Jazeera, showing refugees from Burundi in Zambia.

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Impressed by the demonstrations in Spain demanding communication between the disunited positions to the role of Catalonia: HABLAMOS. Yes, please talk. It must be possible in a civilized society to find other problem solving mechanisms but to smash the dishes... (Photo: Reuters)

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Sorry, theses images just keep jumping at me... This is Roshidas son. Like every mother she wants him to be happy, healthy, have a good education, live a good life. But he was born as a refugee on a dirt floor without any doctors, somewhere far from whatever could be home, born into chaos. We are all born into chaos. Never forget. I found the image on a BBC-reportage about Rohingyan refugees.

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King penguins diving in the sea of Macquarie Island, filmed by Gavin Klee. The Macquarie Islands are declared UNESCO World Heritage, reminding us of the incredibly precious nature we have responsibility for. (Film: Gavin Klee)

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Caracas, Venezuela, Guaire River: Augusto and Tomas are searching the sewage-filled water for jewelry and gold someone may haved lost in the drain. The only way to survive. Very strong reportage by JM Lopez/Al Jazeera

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The German-Turkish journalist Mesale Tolu was imprisoned in Turkey on April 30th. Today her process begins, she is accused of being a member of a terrorist organization and publishing terrorist propaganda. Her 3-year-old son is with her in prison. (Photo: private)

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Following the terrible fires in California and thinking of those who lost everything as well as of those who give their utmost to help... (Photo: Mike Blake, Reuters)

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The United States of America and Israel have ended their membership in the UNESCO. These seem to be times where we focus more on our differences but on what connects us. I very much appreciate the work of the UNESCO. Culture is not a luxury but a food... (Photo: Picture-alliance)

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Sonjun is the commander of 1000 fighters of the SDF, the Syrian Democratic Forces. She refused the classical role of women and became a fighter against ISIS. She will continue to fight for womens rights in her own way: "After the military battle begins the battle for our beliefs".
Reported by BBC Newsnight, Gabriel Gatehouse from the front line in Raqqa

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A terrible bomb attack struck Mogadishu, Somalia. More than 200 lives brutally ended. I have no words... (Photo: Reuters)