International Archives 2nd half of 2015
Blain|Southern Berlin is delighted to present new and recent photographs by Wim Wenders, the artist’s first exhibition in his hometown in over half a decade. The exhibition brings together images of Germany and America – the two countries that have most influenced the artist throughout his career.
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The exhibition’s title Time Capsules. By the side of the road alludes to the relationship between memory and photography, highlighting the ability of photographs to act as a medium that captures an essence of the past and preserves it for the future.
In the gallery’s main space, urban and natural landscapes exist in dialogue, as panoramic photographs of the countryside surrounding Berlin stand in relation to images of the city in flux during the early 1990s. The jungle of cranes, metal and concrete in Potsdamer Platz (1995) is starkly mirrored by the dense foliage depicted in Forest in Brandenburg (2014).
Landscape near Wittenberge, Germany (2014) recalls the mood of Romantic paintings from the 18th and 19th Century, with trees akin to those of Camille Corot or Caspar David Friedrich. Growing up in Dusseldorf in the post-
The artist describes how the scale of these works aims to “transport people to those places in the world that I found and liked; photographs give me a chance to take the places to them”.
As such his newest panorama, at four and a half metres in width, depicts the epic landscape of the American West – an area that Wenders has extensively and famously examined through both film and photography.
Several of the works in the exhibition feature places that have long-
In the upstairs gallery, smaller-
The exhibition fosters a dialogue between the two countries in which Wenders has spent extensive periods of time living and working: “I think I had wide-
Exhibition 17 September -