by Boris Loder

Since the ‘spatial turn’ in the mid-90s, the concept of identity as a container that can be filled with very different, even contradictory contents, is an established notion in literary theory. “Particles” transforms this concept into a study of sculptural photography. Each cube contains objects collected in a specific location across Luxembourg city. In their compressed appearance, they are meant to represent a given site’s identity in a condensed form. Within Luxembourg’s population, people have strong stereotypes of which quarters are supposed to be posh and which ones are considered desolate. These preconceptions are mirrored by a difference in housing prices and varying dynamics of gentrification. Fast food on a sports field or a drug stash near a renowned bank allude to socio-geographical realities that only very rarely surface in popular notions of Luxembourg.