Lukas Heibges’s book Herr M. centres on the story of a forger, shedding light both on his personality and on the court proceedings against him. Initially given a suspended sentence, Herr M. is put under close observation, convicted again, and ultimately sentenced to several years in prison. After multiple petitions to secure his release, in 2016 he is deemed unfit for incarceration and set free. The book takes the form of a case file and traces the story of Herr M. on the basis of observation reports, judicial files, photographs, and interviews. By presenting a fragmented series of images, the artist focuses on current controversies in the way people relate to the judicial system and questions our view of morality and justice.
Lukas Heibges (b. 1985) studied in Holland and Berlin and is currently doing a degree in photography and media in Bielefeld. He lives and works as an artist, shuttling between Berlin and Amsterdam.