This is the main subject of this cycle
of paintings named "White Strangers". It's hard being a stranger
in in our human society. Mistrust and social hostility put
a strain on the outsider. In addition to that they often cannot
cope with their home sickness their losses and lack of hope.
Their is a great fear of getting emotionally hurt. Men and
women express their strangeness quite differently in these
paintings. While deep emotions are expressed in the women's faces the men
seem to be hidden behind a mask of aloofness and arrogance.
The figures in the paintings are white. This refers to the global context of the subject. In Central Europe most citizens associate strangers with dark colours as dark skin, dark eyes and black hair. They mostly are not aware of the fact that in most parts of the world light-skinned people are the minority, i.e, strangers.
Video by Bernd Riebe ©2008 bild-art.de