With his pictures, Andréas Lang is tracing the hidden stories of a variety of places, whether these stories be of a historical, mythological, or personal nature. He does his research, goes in search of clues, and uncovers various layers in his photographs. The images are suspended somewhere between past and present, reality and imagination. He calls it 'visual archæology'. Seismographically, he palpates petrified memories and allows light to record the evidence through the wide-open lens of his camera. The visible and the invisible, the present and the absent are visualised in these photos. The result is a collection of analogue light drawings of an almost metaphysical character in black and white. These works investigate significant places in the history of humankind, places where the spirit of the past becomes atmospherically condensed with the present. Influenced on the one hand by the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich and on the other by the eye of surrealists such as Max Ernst and Jean Cocteau, or the aesthetics of Andrei Tarkovsky, Lang's photography raises the big questions of humanity.
I no longer know when I saw Andreas Lang's photographs for the first time, but I do know that they immediately etched themselves on my memory. The deep black and the palette of every conceivable nuance of grey were what drew me into the picture, like being pulled in by an undertow. You have to pause for a moment – just like you do when you walk into a dark room, to allow your pupils to dilate. Then suddenly, what was invisible becomes visible, what previously could not be seen becomes apparent.
Extract from the ECLIPSE catalogue text "When the time stands still“ by curator Frizzi Krella