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In 149 pencil drawings, German artist Sabine Moritz remembers the prefab housing estate in Lobeda, Germany, where she spent her childhood.

In Lobeda, the artist’s book from 2010, Sabine Moritz remembers her childhood spent in a prefab housing estate near Jena, Germany, in 149 pencil drawings.

The Neulobeda district is a densely populated area characterised by high-rise concrete buildings and modernist urban planning. This urban landscape was to have a profound effect on the young Moritz, which would later manifest itself in her work. While studying at the Offenbach University of Art and Design, Moritz began drawing her memories of Lobeda. The first body of her drawings from the early 1990s is published here.

Moritz sketches the bus stations, tramways and high-rise blocks of Lobeda. Details are included of windows, balconies and entranceways overlooking roads and pavements meandering between them. Inside, communal stairwells with winding banisters lead to private living spaces furnished with chairs, beds, table lamps and coat pegs that are etched in the artist’s memory.

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December 2021




297mm x 195mm





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Sabine Moritz is an artist based in Cologne, Germany. Her paintings, works on paper and prints have been widely exhibited in museums throughout Europe, celebrating a distinct practice that combines highly personal approach to abstraction combined with figurative works inspired by documentary photographs, memory and an investigation of genre painting.

As a child Moritz emigrated from East to West Germany, eventually settling with her family in Dusseldorf where she attended the famed Kunstakademie. In Moritz’s hands, personal memories and collective histories are brought to life as she grapples with the beauty inherent in their fallibility and the passing of time.


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