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Images by photographer Lukas Felzmann sublimate the simplest of subjects, imbuing them with his uniquely intuitive, imaginative, dream-like quality. Invited by TH13, he presents two series contemplating the mysteries of nature, and resonating with the enigma of man.
Lukas Felzmann’s photographs explore phenomena simultaneously both beyond our grasp and addressing our most intimate existence. Born in Zurich (Switzerland) in 1959, Felzmann is a professor at Stanford University, California. He is fascinated by the spectacle of the natural world, and especially the fragile equilibrium between man and his environment – a sensibility explored in both of the series presented at TH13, in collaboration with the Fotomuseum, Winterthur.
Swarms of starlings unfurl against the sky, in an aerial ballet: the Blackbirds series testifies to a still-unexplained phenomenon. The pictures are ‘recordings of a poetic event’, says exhibition curator Paul Cottin. Lukas Felzmann captures the infinite permutations of their individual and mass choreography, from the stylised form of a single bird in flight, to flocks swirling like clouds. His painterly images capture their abstract forms in motion.
The Landfall series explores still life. Since arriving in the United States in 1981, Felzmann has travelled throughout the country, photographing places abandoned by their human occupants. Memories, furniture, and abandoned dwelling-places speak of departures to a better place, like mariners in search of Landfall, glimpsing the first strip of land on the horizon, the symbol of hope for a new future. The photographic travelogue is a meditation on time, and the American people’s relationship to their past.
TH13, Bern, Switzerland Theaterplatz 13, 3011 Bern Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm
Free admission: from 08/06/2013 to 13/10/2013
Curator: Paul Cottin