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ANDRÉAS LANG . PARIS NOCTURNES

ANDRÉAS LANG . PARIS NOCTURNES

ANDRÉAS LANG, 2019

ANDRÉAS LANG, 2019

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

ANDRÉAS LANG . PARIS NOCTURNES

09 MARCH - 27 APRIL 2019

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Andréas Lang

Born in Zweibrücken/Palatinat. 1983-85 drummer in the Nasse Hunde punk band.
1985-91 assistant to the photographers Dieter Blum, Michael Leis, Werner Janda. 1991-01 living in Paris as a free-lance photographer. From 1995 non-commissioned works, including video, experimental and documentary films, journeys to Iraq and Northern India. 1995 residency in Australia, first works on landscape and nature, from 1999 long-term project on European landscapes. 2003/04 residency in New York, photo and video works. 2006 journey to Mali and the Sahara desert, photo works on the Touareg people. 2006-08 Eclipse, project on landscapes of the crusades and early christianity, journeys to Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Syria and Turkey. 2008/10 residencies in Cairo and Damascus for new works. From 2011 project on (post-) colonialism in Central Africa, based on research of historical material, journeys to Cameroun, Tchad, Kongo Region and Central African Republic. 2017 residency and new works in Lagos/Nigeria, by invitation from Goethe Institute Lagos. 2018 Tarabya - German Cultural Academy in Istanbul stipend and residency, new longterm project. New works in Baku, Azerbaijan on landscape and environment. 2019 Eclipse book release.
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