I offer farmers a barter transaction: a painting of their farm for a film in which they, the farmers, present their business and their work. My aunt had such a painting of her parents’ farm, done in 1947, at a time when artists made few sales and farmers were popular exchange partners.

I like being a farmer and I would like to stay one was begun in 2000, first in my hometown, Heiligendorf, and its surroundings. 2007-2015, I have been working on this project in cooperation with Thomas Sprenger.

While I stand with my easel on the farm, like a plein air painter of the 19th century, the farmers film themselves and comment on their film. We generally need one week for this. We edit the films along the farmers´scripts.

The paintings remain at the farmsteads. Our archive contains 35 films about agriculture (in 2018), from Macedonia, Romania and Switzerland, from Austria, England and Wales, from the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and South Africa. The most recent films come from Hungary.

“I like being a farmer, and I would like to stay one” is the final sentence in the first film in our archive. Many farmers could have said the same.


2016
Barter trade with a South African wine farm
Franschhoek Valley, Western Cape ZA
April 2016

2015
A new film for the archive
Jabares de los Oteros, León ES
April 2015

2014
I like being a farmer and I would like to stay one - 2014
Seville
June 2014

2013
I like being a farmer and I would like to stay one - 2013
Orth an der Donau (AT), Gube / Prignitz (DE), Extremadura and Andalusia (ES)
July 2013

2010
I like being a farmer and I would like to stay one - 2010
Städtische Galerie Nordhorn & argobooks Berlin
January 2010

2009
I like being a farmer and I would like to stay one - 2009
Macedonia / England / Romania
April 2009

2008
I like being a farmer and I would like to stay one - 2008
Shropshire (UK)
May 2008

2007
I like being a farmer and I would like to stay one - 2007
Lower Austria, Styria (A) and Hardenberg, Overijssel (NL)
June 2007

I like being a farmer and I would like to stay one 2007-2009
Various places in seven european countries
January 2007