Martin Rosswog – Along Europe
An exhibition of Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur in cooperation with the artist
March 13 until August 9, 2015
With Along Europe Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur is presenting a long-term photographic project by Martin Rosswog (b. 1950). Showing great personal dedication, the artist has been traveling to countries and regions across Europe since the 1980s, producing detailed views of diverse rural living conditions and lifestyles as well as characteristic portraits of the local people.
Given the abundance and high aesthetic quality of these objective and yet highly empathetic images, systematically captured by Rosswog with medium-format and large-format cameras, viewers can immerse themselves in an enormous pictorial archive and in a cosmos that brings home in a special way the cultural diversity and individual features of these regions and their inhabitants. A world comes into view that is in the throes of transformation through modern progress and globalization—a world that threatens to be swallowed up by these developments.
Rosswog’s working concept is based on a geographical scheme that extends from the far eastern reaches of the content to its western edge: first, he took pictures in Eastern European countries such as Belarus, Bulgaria, and Romania, as well as in Estonia and Finland, and then he widened the radius to include Ireland, Scotland, and Germany, along with Spain and Portugal.
Many of the villages the artist visited, some of them several times, have very few inhabitants and are located off the beaten tourist track. He documented selected houses and farmsteads in each village to make up his series. Each home or farm is accompanied by a portrait of its residents, exterior views of the house and property, and finally the methodical cataloguing of the living spaces, zeroing in on selected furnishings and decor items as photographic still lifes. The exhibition features 13 of these series, with a total of over 200 photographs.
With this exhibition project, Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur at the same time provides an in-depth overview of a photographic body of work that already began in 2004 with a representative series of images and which is now being extended as part of the current collaboration.
Martin Rosswog studied with Professor Bernd Becher at the Düsseldorf Art Academy, graduating in 1987 as a master student. His work puts him squarely in the tradition of documentary photography as practiced by artists ranging from August Sander and Walker Evans to Bernd and Hilla Becher. He is thus a perfect fit for the collection, taking it up to the present day.
The exhibition is accompanied by the book Martin Rosswog: Milton, Souht Uist, Scotland (München: Schirmer/Mosel, 2015).
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