Sabrina Lindemann

Sabrina Lindemann (Berlin, 1967) has lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1991. After her graphic design studies in Kiel, a student-exchange scheme took her to The Hague, where she studied free graphic arts at the Royal Academy of Arts (1991-1992) and subsequently, from 1992-1994 she attended the Second Phase Autonomous Design.

Since this time she has worked on location on art projects in which the relation of the location with the historical context is the starting point. Collecting stories and memories of specific places forms an essential part of her work. Lindemann is interested in the connection between indindividual stories and the general course of history. Through this connection, everyone has a collective identity as well as an individual one. She examines how these identities develop, how they change in the course of time or, on the contrary, may be deleted. The theme of transformation and the subject of transitional areas frequently recur in Lindemann's work. In 1993 she painted the inside of a vacant condemned house in The Hague's Schilderswijk immaculate white for the project Zwischenraum. A 'neutral' space was created, without past or future, a 'standstill' moment in the course of history.

After the project Bleiche ('Bleach', Berlin, 1998), in which the residents of a street tell about a favourite piece of clothing, which was subsequently pulverized to dust, followed Zeitzeugen (Ehingen, South Germany, 1998), which dealt with former employees' and ex-servicemen's meetings and their memories of special events at a former military terrain.

The German-Dutch project Der Löffel meines Vaters (collaboration with Rene Klarenbeek), Berlin 2000-2002) dealt with the history of Dutch men and boys who were forced to work as convicts in a Berlin factory during the Second World War. The meetings of the Dutch convicts with German young people were central in this project. With the Berlin artist Birgit Kammerlohr she set up the

Mobile Institut für Spurensuche (MIS) which organized workshops for young people at the former factory site (now a shopping centre). In the same location the MIS also organized an exposition and a symposium on the question concerning the form and content of a contemporary 'active memorial'.

In 2000 Lindemann took the initiative to establish Mobiel projectbureau OpTrek (Mobile project office OpTrek) and is since 2002 the director, (until 2007 together with Annechien Meier)

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