Titled "Still Light", this photographic season invites the viewer on a meditative journey.
When our thoughts get lost in abstraction, or we lack the distance necessary to analyse what's before us, it is generally recommended to wait for dawn. The bright light allows us to distinguish and separate the elements, and though the advice is to "sleep on it", it is the light of day that guides our thoughts clearly, because it shows us things as they really are.
The night brings shadows, blurring our tracks and swallowing entire paths. There is only one sublime force which can overcome the shadow world: light.
If one exists, so does the other. The chiaroscuro forms a cohesive, inseparable entity. Even if the two forces are allegedly at war in the religious and spiritual context, art manages to show them in wondrous union: it is only the interplay of light and shadow that allows the world to appear before us in full relief.
Isolated and without its counterpart, light reveals nothing, dazzled by its own brightness. The same goes for the night, which is blinded by darkness without its opposite.
When humans interfere in this fragile cosmic balance, these worlds become entangled and distorted into grotesqueness.
What is light all about? What defines its quality and what effects does it have on the universe? Human-created light remains an artifice. Where does this take us? Should we not reconsider the night, based on a new perception of light?
PART I - François Fontaine, Andreas Gefeller, Anna Lehmann-Brauns, Mona Kuhn
English translation by Nadia Linden