In art, as in other areas of society, it is common to take a stand, to disclose what one believes or else does not believe. This is a polarising attitude that demands clarity and distinctness. It is a game of "take it or leave it", a phenomenon of western society, which has seemingly become an end in itself, that of pursuing a single objective, a single truth, in a bid to assume global proportions in a globalised world. Everything is tangible, doable and can be explained. An age of disenchantment, a legacy from the last century. This philosophy, however, takes its toll, it burns bridges, it breaks with tradition, with the natural and the original, it uproots the present ...
Sascha Weidner's images are embedded in this era and - without prejudice to previous projections - talk of another world. They are like windows that open up onto parallel universes. They draw from the past, herald the future, quote from the history of art, cinema and literature. They transform the written word into images, which are in turn transformed into stories. They reveal the correlation between private recollection and collective memory. The photographs do not illustrate opposites, instead they reconcile contrasts. In a playful manner, Sascha Weidner conjures up the magic of a spirit of disenchanted times: "Touché".
English translation by Claire Weiland
With the kind support of the Sprengel Museum Hannover and the city of Hanover.