Tracing Transformations –Photographic images of landscapes and living environments by Laurenz Berges, Michael Collins and Paola De Pietri
An exhibition by Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur in cooperation with the arists
2 March to 8 July 2018
The exhibition will feature works by three artists of the same generation: Laurenz Berges from Düsseldorf, Michael Collins from London and Paola de Pietri from Reggio Emilia in Italy. Their photographic work focuses on phenomena that reveal gradual changes in landscapes and living environment. And all three have chosen to concentrate on the transformations taking place relatively close to their places of residence, within a maximum radius of 200 km, which gives them the opportunity to study their subjects in depth over a prolonged period of time.
Laurenz Berges (b. 1966) takes as his subjects random towns, buildings and physical relics dotting the industrial landscape of the Ruhr region, some of them neglected and due for demolition. He pictures moments in which decades of use seem to condense. Michael Collins (b. 1961) spirits us away to a largely unknown, deserted area on the Thames estuary near London – to the Hoo Peninsula, which is marked by both the whims of nature and the built structures of the modern power and brick making industries. Paola De Pietri
(b. 1960) documents in her photos the once-grand farmsteads in the region around Reggio Emilia in northern Italy, now abandoned and in some cases in ruins, as well as the mature stands of trees scattered across the rolling fields. She brings out the individual character of each tree while also cataloguing the various species, highlighting them as staunch sentinels bearing witness to the past.
This exhibition brings together the work of these three artists for the first time. Uniting them all is a talent for closely observing seasonal variances as well as timeless realities, for delving into objective facts and gradual processes of transformation, coupled with a sensibility for the specific aesthetic that arises from these observations. Each photographer in his or her own way, and yet in a related fashion, invites our gaze to linger on the images. The scenes prompt us to critically assess the associations that reverberate within them, and to ask questions regarding the interaction of urbanism and nature, about the importance and appreciation of “unused” terrain recaptured either by nature or by man.
A Look at the Collection – Selected works from Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur’s holdings: Landscape-Transformation-Space
A Look at the Collection: Paul Dobe – Photographic studies of nature and form finding
A comprehensive collection of works by Paul Dobe (1880-1965) including photographs, negatives and additional material such as letters, publications etc. is on permanent loan to Die Photographische Sammlung. Dobe, who was a trained artist, concentrated on the study of nature, flowers and plants. The cloud studies being shown in this presentation have been extensively investigated for the first time.