Mats Staub

21 – Memories of Growing Up

Zurich, Switzerland

Dutch première

Andreas Etter

21 – Memories of Growing Up

Zurich, Switzerland

Dutch première

Mats Staub | 21 – Memories of Growing Up

An intimate portrait of becoming an adult

Mrs Zirkelbach turned 21 in 1939, Mr Krause in 1970 and Sophie Jansen in 1991. When did you turn 21? What happened in that year? And did you really feel adult then? Swiss artist Mats Staub discussed these questions with a large group of people of all ages. He recorded their stories and then had them listen to their own answers three months later, while filming their facial expressions. This resulted in the video installation 21, in which the visitors can view and listen to these video portraits and stories, thus engaging in an intimate moment in the lives of the narrators of all ages and various backgrounds. In every city Staub visits, he collects new stories, continually adding to the collection of faces from various places and cultures. For Noorderzon he collected eight new portraits of visitors, both young and old.



“This is the transcendent aspect of the project: it breaks the boundaries of race, class and culture and it allows people who have grown up in disparate parts of the world and sometimes in vastly different circumstances to feel a deep connection with another human being.“

- Bongani Kona in Pasagen

Trailer Mats Staub | 21 - Memories of Growing Up


Concept | Mats Staub
Design | Monika Schori
Camera | Matthias Stickel, Benno Seidel, Sifiso Khanyile
Sound | Andrea Brunner, Mandla Nkuna
Translation | David Tushingham
Technology | Hanno Sons
Head of production | Elisa Liepsch
Production | zwischen productionen

Collaboration | Olivia Ebert, Sandra Li Maennel (Frankfurt), Wolfram Sander (Hannover), Nadine Tobler (Bern, Zürich), Edin Omanovic (Belgrad), Franziska Jenni (Basel), Elisabeth Schack (Wien), Abby Middleton (Brighton), David Tushingham (Woodchurch), Inga Wagner (Freiburg), Maia Marie, Nomonde Mbusi (Johannesburg), Milou de Boer (Groningen)

Coproduction | Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt, Germany), Festival Theaterformen (Hannover, Germany), Museum für Kommunikation (Bern, Switzerland), Gessnerallee (Zurich, Switzerland), KC Grad (Belgrade, Serbia), Kunstfest Weimar (Germany), Museum der Kulturen (Basel, Switzerland), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna, Austria), Theater Freiburg (Freiburg, Germany), Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival (Groningen, Netherlands) 

With the support of | Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Migros-Kulturprozent, Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council, Stadt Zürich Kultur, Kanton Zürich Fachstelle Kultur

Noorderzon is presenting and coproducing this project in the framework of Create to Connect supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union.




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