[ISEA2009] Artists Statement: Ola Stahl & Kajsa Thelin – SPOOLS, 2007–2009

Artists Statement

Digital sound installation

In 2007 in Erfurt in what was formerly East-Germany, the artist collective C.CRED carried out a series of interviews centred around the archives of personal files left behind by the Stasi at time of the German unification. These interviews set out to explore the complex intersection of political engagement and biographical body that characterise participants’ relationships with their personal files specifically and with the GDR period in general. Set within a politically charged post-unification context, this interview project became an attempt to map out political dissention both historically and, by means of these histories and the politics of how and by whom they are told, also within the contemporary context of a Europe now purportedly united.

  • Ola Stahl (SE): received his BA (Hons) from Sheffield Hallam University, and his MA and PhD from The University of Leeds.
  • Kajsa Thelin (SE): received her BA (Hons) in Art History from The University of East London and her MA in Contemporary Art from Goldsmiths College, London.

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