The Amazed Silence. Landscapes of Andréas Lang

September 10 to December 23, 2016

Opening: Friday, September 9, 2016, 7 pm
Opening Remarks: Cécile Wajsbrot, Author

Presenting 25 works dating from 2000 to 2013, the Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation presents an artist who draws from the influences of Romanticism and Surrealism in his contemporary explorations of landscapes and nature.

After living in Paris for many years, Andréas Lang returns to Germany in 2001. Engaging in a search for his intellectual roots, he begins to explore the significance of history, mythology, and the landscape in Europe. He follows the traces of German Romanticism and rediscovers his native region on the border to France, a place haunted by historic events. This results in further works on Europe and an artist residency in Poland. He travels throughout the Near East and the landscapes of Christianity and the crusades which inherently carry the ambivalence of holy land/holy war. Since 2010 he has been working on a long-term project on German colonialism that follows his grandfathers footsteps and German colonial history to Cameroun. Often kept in dark, black-and-white tones, Lang’s images hint at abysmal chapters of European history, whereby his reserved pictorial language has a timeless quality. His auratic landscapes evoke the projections and internal images of our collective memory.

"In my work I examine the different layers of history, mythology, and the present as a means of enabling a narrative image. A form of visual archeology, at times blending or colliding with immanent social, political, and ecological realities. In this way the picture becomes also a place for the imaginary. It often appears like a film set, existing in a state of limbo somewhere between reality and imagination, past and present. I mostly work with analogue photography and use classic film material." (Andréas Lang)

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