DEIDI VON SCHAEWEN: Walls

This artist’s work focuses mainly on the photography of architecture, and she is one of the most compelling photographers active on the international scene. In Kunsthalle LAB she will present a monumental wall photo-installation entitled Walls, which will emerge as a collage of shots taken by the artist in the locality of our capital city.

Photo: From the artist's archive

Opening:

November 21, 2019

from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Duration:

November 22, 2019 – January 12, 2020

Venue:

KHB LAB

The adventure began in Barcelona in 1965. The department store El Corte Inglés was completely wrapped in tarpaulins for renovation. It was a very strong visual shock  for me and triggered a new photographic series that I continue today. Every time a scaffold creates an ephemeral decoration, every time a building, a monument or a statue disappears behind the tarpaulins ...On my many travels, I came across wrapped cars, motorcycles, bicycles, I spotted garbage cans, children's games, trees, signboards all in wraps. Like the Surrealists looking for and collecting signs in the urban landscape, I saw a playful and mysterious vision of the city emerge, a great sleight of hand : things hidden away promoted the banal to the rank of poetic, extraordinary form. An endless game led by an invisible magician. Over the years I find myself constructing a composite city from Paris, New York, London, Berlin, Addis Ababa, Cairo, Delhi, Madras, Bombay ... .  A city in black and white and in color.

 

Deidei von Schaewen

 

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