“Black, dark brown, earthy and ocher parallel arranged lines are crossing a square image carrier horizontally as well as warm red and orange, sunny yellow, but also grass green, light- and dark green. A narrow, light blue line breaks through dark brown in the lower section”. (Jenny Graser: Die Landscapes I-VII (2014) von Elias Wessel – „In the end, though, nothing is lost“)
The pictorial source of “Landscapes” are photographs of landscapes taken during an artist residency in Kursk, Russia. There, the city administration demands rapid urbanization; old houses are demolished and citizens are forcibly displaced. The concern lies in the image making process. The nature of photography, to depict a virtual image of reality, is being destroyed. Houses and people vanish. By analogy this process and resulting images reflect the city’s intention and consequences of modernization.