Can´t Escape, 2011
Can´t Escape (A) 90 x 140 cm / 5 + 2 AP
Can´t Escape (B) 50 x 75 cm / 5 + 2 AP
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Landscape has a long tradition in art history but is also an abundantely photographed motif in the world of (amateur) photographers and finally contributes to the digital landscape when uploaded to the world wide web where people want to show their trophies. Therefore nature is often rather perceived „second hand“ or through the viewfinder instead of directly experienced.
Can´t Escape is discussing the desire for nature which is the core of people´s attempt to catch nature or landscape as well as the excessive visual overload that is created this way.
For my project I was interested in giving the digital images fed into the www a physical body again and transplanting them into a real landscape. So I made a suit out of photographs I found while browsing for pictures tagged with „mountains“, „Berge“ etc. resp. a similar landscape which is chosen as the backdrop-environment for my own photograph. In this scenery the person inside the suit tries to blend in with its surrounding landscape, tries to reunite with nature, tries to merge copy and original landscape but has to fail. The work is also about the relationship of viewer outside the picture and the person in the picture as well as the picture itself.
It´s dealing with different states and layers of a picture, transformation and the role of man in relation to it. The depicted person is covered in pictures and its view will always be influenced by what it has seen before so that there is no real original or virgin pic anymore.
Can´t Escape (B)
Can´t Escape (A)