Those who die leave behind traces in the lives of their families and loved ones, in their surroundings, in the world. Objects, pictures, clothing, or places spark memories of loved ones. The capturing of a moment in a photo also plays a significant role here. Walter Benjamin, Siegfried Kracauer, Roland Barthes, and Susan Sontag have all emphasized the connections between photography and death. For ten years, Tina Ruisinger photographed all the things that are left behind when one dies. In doing so, she focused not only on death, but also on the lives of those left behind. The objects are depicted out of their original context. As an artist, she is committed to a topic that remains taboo.
"The leather band knows your neck. It knows you better than I do. The sweat, the flakes of skin. It has witnessed from up close everything that happened around your face, your neck, and your shoulder, your décolleté. It was there. Like the ball of silver wire. It rolled and jumped on your chest, sometimes leapt in front of your nose. The words that you said and also those that others addressed to you buzzed past it. You balanced spoonsful of soup or forkfuls of meat or beans past it. Sometimes drops of wine or a bit of water landed on it. But it wasn’t bothered by that, being so close to you was good for it. I carry with me, the leather band with the silver ball, it is good to have you close." (Nadine Olonetzky, "What remains")
The story of the key is, at the same time, the key to understanding the things that Ruisinger photographed during the last ten years for her latest book project "Traces". It is a book with pictures of objects left behind by the deceased. These objects have a greater emotional than material value for the survivors. The photographs, on the other hand, evoke even more intimate images and memory of the deceased. Like the key of Ted Croner which Tina Ruisinger presents on a simple wooden background. Not one of the square format photographs is a voyeuristic view. They are almost in the tradition of the New Objectivity, where photography takes an equal position alongside painting. (Jürg Zbinden, NZZ, August 2, 2017)
Book Project by Irmela Kästner, Hamburg and Tina Ruisinger, Zurich
Designed by Anja Lutz, Berlin
Published by Klaus Kieser Verlag, München, 2007
Both started in the 80's with a new approach in contemporary dance, each in their own, surprisingly unconventional way. Her works are exemplary examples of choreographic development and research in dance of the last 25 years, successfully meeting new artistic and cultural challenges. The authors have accompanied the work of both choreographers and their companies Rosas and Damaged Goods over many years. Indepth examples of their debates in text, interviews and photographs as well as the visual design of Anja Lutz, are portrayed in the book. Essentially there is the personality of the choreographer. The book documents and reflects pieces and creation processes by means of concrete encounters and performances at special places. A performance of Stuart’ s solo „XXX for Arlene and Colleagues“ 1998 in London, the work of Damaged Goods of „Replacement“ in Summer 2005 in Berlin, Rosas performance of „Mozart/Concert Arias“ at the Festival Theater der Welt 1996 in Dresden and their reprise 2004 in Marseille as examples.
The publication illuminates the context of reception and development conditions of the two choreographers and their arts, acquiring their own positions as regards content and aesthetic, telling a piece of contemporary history. Dance journalist Irmela Kästner and photographer Tina Ruisinger present their body of work in their own personal and direct way. The book is divided in two parts: each part represents the respective choreographers in text, photos and graphics.
Encounters with 50 Master Photographers of the 20th Century
Published by Stemmle Publishers, Zurich, New York, 2002
Photographs and Interviews by Tina Ruisinger
Introduction by A.D. Coleman
Foreword by Ted Croner
"The first time I saw Tina Ruisinger 's work was when she photographed me for her book of photographers' portraits I was extremely moved by the power and graphics of her portraiture. I found her images of photographers to be sometimes romantic and nostalgic, sometimes ironic, and always extremely personal, insightful and beautifully realized." Mary Ellen Mark
Portraits of: Ellen Auerbach, Micha Bar-Am, Lillian Bassman, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Mario de Biasi, Ilse Bing, Edouard Boubat, René Burri, Cornell Capa, Denise Colomb, Ted Croner, Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Andreas Feininger, Robert Frank, Leonard Freed, Gisèle Freund, Mario Giacomelli, Erich Hartmann, Robert Lebeck, Erich Lessing, Mary Ellen Mark, Mark Markov-Grinberg, Will Mc Bride, Duane Michals, Inge Morath, Stefan Moses, Carl Mydans, Arnold Newman, Helmut Newton, Gordon Parks, Marc Riboud, Willy Ronis, Ernst Scheidegger, Sabine Weiss a.m.o