Escape Routes is a project by REINIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT which links global
streams of news to crafts in the context of contemporary art. The series
contains drawings and lace pictures. They are derived from original media
images about migration movements and their causes.
The series of lace works was created in collaboration between Martin Keil
and his mother, a textile designer, Rotraut Keil.
The narratives of the single lace works combine contemporary visual language
of the media and the traditional craft of lace making. The lace pictures are
based on drawings that were transferred and stylized in lace work. Single
dots are densified and netted by knots. Lines are created by twisting,
crossing and interloping.
The virtual and accelerated nature of media images is contrasted with a
process of image making that is baesd on parameters like time and
With regard to contents the series is linked to the common discourse on
identity and migration. According to Hannah Arendt a refugee is a person who
exists outside of public order. He or she is without rights, identity and
ripped out of his cultural and social context, a person who deserves
protection. Can integration of immigrants lead to a fundamental
reorientation of postmodern societies? It will depend on life perspectives
for immigrants in the societies of their arrival and which access to their
civil rights is open for them.