The exhibition HOTEL ANNELIE turns towards a rare image of modern Germany the meaning of which far exceeds its geographical boundaries. Media artist and director Tito Lee happened to be living next to a hostel, Hotel Annelie in Munich which offered modest accommodation for homeless people, small time crooks, junkies and social outsiders. His insights show the gulf between real poverty and Germany’s commonly known affluence. Over the period of several years he was working incessantly in this neighbourhood and, incorporating the inhabitants of Annelie, completed the multi-media art project called HOTEL ANNELIE.
Using various forms of expression, he photographed, videotaped, collected objects, soundbites and set up performances using the inhabitants as living material. He produced a documentary, „Mixuga“, on a transsexual truck driver named Laura, and invited artists such as German photographer Martin Fengel, graffiti artist Eduard Stork and filmmaker Chris Valentien to work with him in these precarious surroundings. And finally he realized the feature film ANNELIE, which premiered in Busan, Korea and makes up the biggest part of this ‚Gesamtkunstwerk’.
His goal is simple and of universal value: ‚Hotel Annelie’ gives insight into a section of German reality, archiving and conserving conditions in a world faced with its demise. The hostel gives shelter to a wide spectrum of misfits who have formed a second level society, an unconnected subdivision with its own functioning community spirit. This small part of Germany seems to coexist independently next to its well-to-do big brother, and yet is part of the larger whole. The show examines the social landscape of a questionable subculture with scrutiny and a knowing smile, discovering a showcase of our human existence.
Dr. Clarence Cook Jr.
Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. - Luke 6:20
The ‚godfather of neoconservatism‘, Author Irving Kristol reasons ‚for those who are experiencing a Christian impulse, an impulse toward Imitatio Christi which could lean toward socialism (...) is the attitude of Christianity toward the poor‘. The strong relationship between early Christianity and poverty makes churches the right place for this show.
The exhibition has a futuristic perspective where the demise of the Western World has been a part of history for a long time. The residents of HOTEL ANNELIE have become the icons of poverty reminding us of the beginning of this global upheaval.
The exhibition is designed to present in economically emerging regions. Depicting the hidden poverty of former economic miracle Germany reflects and questions how power balance between the old and the new world is changing.
"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”
says Psalm 23, which serves as a basis for this part of the exhibition. The 23 light boxes were operated with solar collectors installed on the roof of the Church of Brother Klaus in Biel.