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Wesely, Michael
Born 1963 Munich, lives and works in Berlin.
«Der Orinoco bei der Insel Guajibo (the Orinoco by the island Guajibo)».
C-print on aluminium-dibond behind acrylic glass (Diasec.). Typographically imprinted signature lower left, dated 1999, titled and numbered 1/3.
H 100, W 150 cm (aluminium-dibond). Artist's steel-frame.
Work from an edition of three copies.
In honor of the 200th anniversary of Alexander von Humboldt's Central and South American expedition (1799 - 1804), the Munich photographer created large format photographs of South America's second largest river, the Orinoco. For this Wesely uses specially built cameras with slit-shaped openings instead of a round lens. «With the consequence that the incoming light rays can no longer spread out evenly, as would be the case with a round aperture, they instead begin to overlap in such a way that only streaks of light are recorded by the film. [...] The images completely refuse to be read. [...] Inevitably, our perception shifts to the purely aesthetic qualities: We thus begin to look at the images as if they were abstract paintings.» (Martina Fuchs, Zur Sichtbarmachung des Unsichtbaren, in: Clemens Fahnemann (Ed.), Michael Wesely, Photographien, Photographs, Berlin 2001, p. 13 - 14.).
Provenance: private collection Freiburg i.Br.

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