Cardboard is ubiquitous nowadays and at first glance it appears meaningless. However, the material tells stories of extreme opposites and contrasts.
The paper banks are overflowing. Anyone who can afford it buys everything online and has it delivered to their home: from flank steak to shoes to the third flat screen for the children’s room. And every delivery is packaged in cardboard. The goods are quickly freed from the packaging and the cardboard ends up in the rubbish.
On the other hand, urban life is becoming ever more expensive. A growing number of people can no longer afford the high rents. Whoever cannot afford a house in the city uses the thrown-away cardboard and builds an improvised home with it.
Especially in the pre-Christmas season, these two extremes between rich and poor collide and are therefore the focus of the work “Home/Shopping”.
Matthias Edlinger, born in 1972 in Munich, lives and works in Munich.