→ Moon Rabbit – The Chinese Journey

Rosemarie Zens
in: Rosemarie Zens, Moon Rabbit – The Chinese Journey, Heidelberg 2020

I travelled to China for the first time in 1998. The journey took me from Beijing in the northeast along the Yellow River to Kashgar in the northwest of the country. Three more visits would follow, most recently in 2018…

 

→ Banks of Fog and Remnants of Walls

Rosemarie Zens
in: Rosemarie Zens, The Sea Remembers, Heidelberg 2014

My frequent trips to the place where I was born, Bad Polzin/Połczyn Zdrój were prompted by the recollections of my mother. In 1989 shortly after the fall of the Berlin wall she recorded the escape from her homeland in March 1945 as a young mother with her baby…

 

→ Landscape and History

Rosemarie Zens
in: Rosemarie Zens, The Sea Remembers, Heidelberg 2014

Reading a landscape, according to Roland Barthes, means first of all perceiving it with the body and the memory­ – with the memory of the body… so childhood is the best way to get to know a country. In the end there is really only one country: the country of childhood…

 

→ The Myth of the Road

Rosemarie Zens
in: Rosemarie Zens, Journeying 66, Heidelberg 2012

Morning in Tulsa, Oklahoma, August 2010. My 66th birthday. The plan was to rent a car. Next to the steering wheel is the map of Route 66, which I travelled in 1966 riding on a Greyhound bus all the way to Santa Monica, CA. Parts of the road still exist, some sections are restored as a historic route, others have been replaced by interstate highways. The hope of still finding traces of memories and what it felt like to be alive back then…