For the Dusseldorf photo Weekend 2015, the Voss Gallery shows photographic work on the image of the landscape as a reflection of its own perception. All selected works are based on the question of the border between fiction and reality. This is particularly evident in the digitally manipulated photography compositions. For instance, Italian artist Giacomo Costa, constructs works of a sublime representation of nature. A real reference to the Apocalypse is revealed to the viewer and the fiction of the landscape is perceived only intuitively.
Working in contrast to this, are the images of Swiss artist Sandra Senn. On the theme of architecture and nature, Sandra Senn gives the viewer a glimpse into calm and harmonious nature. The true representation of nature is distorted by modern, architectural elements.
In addition to manipulated landscapes, the exhibition also deals with cut outs of genuine landscapes that appear unreal to the viewer, such as the heavenly landscape that is surrounded by defensive barbed wire. Thus, the Berlin-based artist Benyamin Reich expands on the contrasts of the land of Israel.
The interplay between fiction and reality in the representation of the landscape is especially considered in the photographic work of German artist Ralf Kaspers. The human being is perceived as part of nature in Kaspers' work and not as something that stands in contradiction to her.
A different view on the image of landscape is expressed in the work of the Israeli artist Uri Gershuni. In his photographs he alienates the abstract perception of the landscape using instead, the matter of photography itself. With this, the landscape image is not intended as a representation of the reality or fiction of the landscape itself, but as a physical material to work with.
The exhibition “Lost Scapes” looks at other ways to redefine the idea of our environment and opens up the question of the truthfulness of the landscape.