Joachim Richau - FRAGMENT or in the Presence of Doubt

Through living and working in this remote environment enabled him to experience maximum artistic immersion, contemplation, and concentration enabled him to allow the images to find themselves. “In Sweden, I was at home in a foreign place. There, I was much closer to myself than ever before,” Richau recalls of his experience. “Far away from my familiar surroundings, I feel comfortable; I am calm. And in this faraway place, I maintain a distance to my subject matter.”

The word “fragment” has something vulnerable, fine, and delicate about it. Fragmentation is accompanied by a break. The quarry is a symbol for the vulnerability of something massive, something ostensibly unshakable. In addition to fragility and sensitivity, breaks and ruptures are evident in his images—and also characterize the artist’s biography. For Richau, the subject of his photographs is not the stone quarry but rather the “absolutely self-evident sublimity and timelessness of nature as a place of human life.”

The book FRAGMENT oder die Gegenwart des Zweifels was published by Kehrer.

The exhibition is part of the retrospective
Joachim Richau - WERK WANDEL
Stadtgalerie Kiel June 10 - September 3, 2017
Brandenburgisches Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst Cottbus December 3, 2017 to January 28, 2018
Leonhardi-Museum Dresden, spring/summer 2018

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