Artistic and Documentary
Photography focused
on urban and rural spaces.



This project is a collaboration with artist and photographer Raisa Galofre.
Toque de Queda, Barranquilla
Lately one day seems to flow into the next, time does not pass and flies by at the same time. The Corona Pandemic is experienced differently by each person; while for many it acts as a burning glass for conflicts and grievances, at the same time a few people are able to enrich themselves from it. However, one unifying feature for many people seems to be the social isolation and persistent uncertainty, and the altered sense of time that results from them. This perhaps explains the endless flood of images people are feeding to social media networks to try to capture their daily lives during the pandemic since it began; the crisis, which is difficult to process, seems more tangible if captured in a picture. How will we think back on this time, remember the millions who died from the virus, and process our individual and communal experiences?
Media, especially images, play an important role in the long months of isolation, in communication between the islands our homes and neighborhoods suddenly became, but also in documenting and processing what we experienced. Only when contrasting different perspectives against each other a clearer picture does emerge of the dimensions that the pandemic has taken on worldwide. We, Raisa Galofre and Marvin Systermans, photographer and artist, were in Raisa's hometown of Barranquilla on the Colombian Caribbean coast when the pandemic broke out. Three weeks after our arrival, a strict lockdown was imposed, making every plan we had for work impossible. Until mid-July, we only left the house about five or six times to take a cab to the supermarket. Back in Germany, in the middle of summer, Corona hardly seemed to be an issue in comparison.
Until we found ourselves in lockdown again in winter; only this time the experience was quite different. In this project we process both experiences photographically between a documentary and a metaphorical visual language. Our gaze is directed at the everyday and seemingly banal, whose meaning has shifted in many ways during these long weeks. At the same time, we reflect on the altered sense of time and the subjective, psychological experience of isolation. The parallels and differences between the two experiences of isolation visualized through photography create a field of tension that is intended to stimulate dialogue about the different experiences of the pandemic in different parts of the world.