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Kaunas Photo 2012 : Andreas Meichsner

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A silent observer, Andreas Meichsner documents in his photographs how the vacation we’ve been waiting for so long has a way of plunging us into an agonizing tug-of-war between the contradictory need for freedom on the one hand and security on the other. The reassuring words All Sorted (Alles in Ordnung) stand for a fevered "organizing" of the yearned-for and yet also somehow menacing liberation from workaday life – with the paradoxical result that even vacation time ends up being packed full of structured activities. Meichsner explores in a subtle and humorous fashion the question of whether, in a society dominated more and more by job insecurity and – of necessity – flexibility, we might today be witnessing a burgeoning desire for boring, safe predictability.

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