Rike Glaser
Friederike Glaser

The padlock is a typology, a typical icon, it is the physical appearance of an universal value - the absence of fear. Security is a basic human need, which fluctuates in response to environmental and social contexts The desire for security permeates modern life. In a world increasingly perceived as unstable and insecure, activities associated with security have become a key mechanism for contending with our threats.

The lock as an indicative of a non unified philosophy of property: What defines that something is private or public? The lock and chain are tools of power to define accessibility, to deny access, to claim something ones own, to set borders, locking is also an act of reserving something by claiming the space the locked objects occupies. Will they become mine if I am the owner of the key or if I have the stronger lock?
Locking is an act of reserving, the temporary occupation of something.
We are moving between spaces: the public and the private. Locking is a passage, an activity, a transition between the two major zones. The joints between domains are themselves physical elements of no less importance even though they are mostly overseen. These transitions form hierarchical structure. The purpose is to separate the desirable from the undesirable, the secure from the insecure, the private from the public. What are the barriers and gestures that can define ownership?

Photography / Poster Series, 2014