LAMIA MARIA ABILLAMA
Photos basically show us the “Now”. Not the “Before” or the “After”. At the same time an image triggers our associative imagination and we try to fathom when, where, how and under which circumstances someone decided to capture this very moment. From this perspective, a photo only shows the fragment of a sometimes very long story. But by having the beholder reach out into the future and the past, it also has a narrative component.
The photographers gathered in this exhibition are interested in the study of the Narrative and ensuing stories associated with their work. Artists like Thomas Demand and James Casebere build and rebuild real and fictional rooms and scenes before documenting them. Franck Christen, Elger Esser and Simone Nieweg reflect nature from a rational to a romantic perspective. Some works have a compositional and painterly aspect like the works by Stephen Waddell, Candida Höfer and Hannah Collins, whereas others combine people and their surroundings like Lamia Maria Abillama and Serge Najjar.