Marvin
Systermans



Artistic and Documentary
Photography focussed
on urban and rural spaces.

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This body of work has several chapters which deal with the visible traces of structural change in different regions of Germany.
BFF Förderpreis, 2019
Canon New Talent Award, Finalist 2019
State of the Region
Lausitz
This chapter deals with the process of phasing out lignite mining and the emergence of Europe's largest lake landscape in the Lausitz Region in eastern Germany. The enormous open-pit mines excavated by huge bucket-wheel excavators in recent decades have not only created new landscapes. For many generations, the coal industry shaped the region's culture and society. With the end of coal mining, the Lausitz region is also searching for a new identity in the 21st century. So while in some places the teeth of the massive excavators still dig deep into the earth, elsewhere numerous new destinations for tourists and local recreation areas are being created.
It is evident that something new is emerging between old traditions, young ideas and structural changes. This process also has potential for conflict, which occasionally becomes visible at the entrance to a village, when an imperial war flag flies in the front yard. The sometimes rapid changes, demographic change and the apparent helplessness with which the old-established parties all too often meet the new challenges have led to the rapid rise of the right-wing AfD party, that could be witnessed most recently during the 2019 state elections. But resistance to the right-wing populists is also stirring, and it remains to be seen where the road will take the region in the coming years.
In this series, I address the growing-pains of the self-renewing region, the emergence of new landscapes and the departure from old structures.