For my final MA project "Textile Narratives / Steindamm" I spent several months conducting artistic research in a part of the city of Hamburg where I live. Steindamm is known for drug-related crimes, sex work and islamic extremism. It is a no-go area for many people, yet it is slowly becoming more gentrified. While I was mapping, observing and taking pictures, I was also developing a general theory on the ways in which textiles have traditionally worked as markers of social identifcation, communicating shared identities. Combining these two thoughts, I created three jacquard-woven textile pieces inspired by Steindamm and took them back to the area - aiming to represent the the very specific and fleeting culture of a place that is often ignored, avoided or threatened.

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