Oliver Boberg's (born 1965 in Herten) photographs and films depict places that seem all too familiar at first sight. Their reality is that of omnipresent non-places, which could be anywhere and nowhere. His works awake collective memories of all of those underpasses and backyards that one has presumably seen countless times and which have impressed themselves in our minds as archetypical images.
This moment of unconscious, threatening, dream and/or nightmare-like familiarity relies primarily on the staging and the imitation of the world as a mock-up. Boberg's model world becomes a puzzle between memory and reality.. Images of wet concrete, fading colors and sparsely treed fallow land create an aesthetic world turned inside out, whose places have more to do with emotions and atmosphere than with the city as it is in reality. In the Kunstverein Hannover, Boberg will show for the first time a new group of works that utilize motion pictures. His collective urban imagery is replaced by nocturnal film sequences that present moments and situations dealing with absence and intimidation.