We, the Others
The title of Kati Bruder's work combines two concepts, which are in fact opposites: we and the others. What usually stands in confrontation to one another meets in agreement, on the same level. The title becomes a statement calling for reconciliation, for an acceptance of differences and contrasts, and even for new reflections and encounters. The "We" prevents a comfortable distance wherefrom the observer can look at and judge the world in order to dissociate himself from what appears to him as unusual or unfamiliar.
The surrendering of the safe position is pictured in the opening of doors to private living spaces. The gaze of the Other can enter without encountering an obstacle and leads straight to the "I". It becomes personal. The threshold, which leads from the shared to the private space, signifies an intersection where many impressions meet:
"We, the Others is a project about the perception and the forming of communities in our society, about the emergence of a sense of belonging, cohesion, exclusion, loneliness, proximity in space and isolation. It is a visual work about visibility and representation." (Kati Bruder)
English translation by Verena Nickels