"Tut en flur" curated by Miryam Abebe with the photographers Anna Halm Schudel, Denise Haschke, Brigitte Lustenberger and Elena Parris brings together four artists who perceive and depict flowers and blossoms in different photographic ways.
Anna Halm Schudel shows flowers, petals and pistils of roses from her long-term project, which has accompanied her for 25 years. She celebrates the bright colours and the variety of forms by dipping the bouquets into the water and painting a sea of flowers. She not only photographs the freshness of the flowers, but also the process of fading, withering and sometimes rotting. From Denise Haschke you can see a varied Erbari engiadinais with Campanula, Clematis tamangutica, Papaver and many other flowers in the form of cyanotypes and lumen prints. It focuses on the unspectacular and the hidden - things from nature and especially from the alpine habitat. The work is inspired and created in the mountain landscape and influenced by the deep connection with nature. Brigitte Lustenberger's paintings from the series "Flowers" are to be seen, in which she places the theme of transience in the foreground by observing and staging the "fading and wilting" of flowers. With the help of photography, she captures the process on a negative that is tantamount to pausing for a moment and thus attempts to stop the decay by "holding on to the moment". Elena Parris' "Flowers" series of the same name also stages flowers by tearing them apart, ripping them apart and arranging them into a new seemingly perfect flower. She lets the filigree petals and pistils dance together and draw a new picture.
"As a photographer, Lustenberger works meticulously like a scientist, aesthetically like a baroque painter and poetic like a lyricist. Her multimedia approach, her spatial experiments and sculptural thinking are breaking the boundaries of photography."
— Festival Darmstadt
"My work questions our notions of transitoriness and shows poetically the ephemeral, fragile but also cruel beauty of decay, old age and death. With light as my most valuable ally, I depict silences and atmospheres, flowers and insects, on which I try to bestow a soul, to tell mysterious, whispered stories about the beauty of death and its remains. Slightly repelled we get rid instantaneously of dead insects and flowers. I feel no disgust but witness a lost, enraptured world of withered and faded things: a beautifully wilted flower, the tenderness of an insect’s wing, a trace of light on an almost forgotten world.
For my chiaroscuro still lifes I literally go back to the meaning of the word Portrait which descends from the Latin word portrahere. It translates as to bring something to light. For my analog images the only light source I use is natural day light coming through a window. The images are of a serene reduction leaving as much as possible to the viewer’s imagination.
With a processual approach and like a scientist I collect flowers and dead insects and fix them to glass slides – with salt, hairspray, tape or leaving them in salty water to get them dried onto the slide. They are frozen in time, but still decomposing – becoming deconstructed scientific abstractions. The slides are incredibly delicate and lead me into exploring the fragility of life.
My works investigate the interface of (photographic) images of light, projections, photograms and transparencies by using and mixing different media. A light table shows the unique slides as photographic sculptures. C prints transform the slides into abstract imagery whose gorgeous details are only visible because of the photographic enlargement. Slide projectors turn the insects’ semitransparent body parts into fragile projections. The slides are ephemeral like the electronic light that fuels the projectors: As soon as the power supply is cut off, the images fade into darkness without leaving a trace." — Brigitte Lustenberger
On 6 July at 4 pm., there will be a guided exhibition tour with Brigitte Lustenberger.