Astrid Reischwitz, Stories From the Kitchen Table
For Astrid Reischwitz, “going home” means traveling a continent away to a village in northern Germany and her family’s old farmhouse. The house seems untouched by modern time, and sometime soon it will be left behind. When she visits, she absorbs the ingredients of home: the familiar flavors of dishes, the knick-knacks, garden flowers, fabrics, and worn kitchen tools that have been there for countless generations. Most of all, the essence of home for her is gathering around the kitchen table for a meal with family and friends to share stories old and new.
Reischwitz created “Stories from the Kitchen Table” to preserve and honor that fading way of life in her childhood home and to salute the generations of women who lived and worked under its roof. Connecting past and present, her composites include old family photos combined with fragments of her heritage. Her grandmother was a great influence. She was the keeper of local history and the family stories that were shared among women in “spin clubs,” gatherings for the purpose of spinning wool, stitching and doing needlework, “Stories from the Kitchen Table” transforms this tradition of storytelling into a visual journey.
Astrid Reischwitz’s series have appeared in numerous solo and featured exhibitions including: the Danforth Art Museum, Framingham MA; the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester MA; 555 Gallery, Boston MA; Soho Photo Gallery, NYC, Providence Center for Photographic Arts, RI and Sohn Fine Art Gallery, Lenox MA. Her photographs have appeared in juried group exhibitions throughout the US.
Reischwitz has been recognized with many awards including: Photolucida Critical Mass photographer (Top 50, 2016; Top 200, 2015.) Her photographs have appeared online on LensCulture, Lenscratch, Wired Japan, Il Post Italy, P3 Portugal, What Will You Remember, and 3200K, online blogs and in numerous publications throughout New England.