This project is about poetry of space, found in rural regions all over of the European continent. Peter worked in all of its countries and traveled from village to village, more than 20,000 miles in total. There are no people in the photographs, yet immanent in all of them is a sense of human presence.
As we compare these images, we feel that the series also questions how people live all over Europe, how people from different regions take possession and comprehend spaces differently, and how culture transforms spaces in the way the economic and cultural logic drives our lives. The series contains 70 selected photographs in total.
The work is related to Georges Perec´s "The Infra-Ordinary" (L'infra-ordinaire. Seuil, Paris 1989) and to Arthur Danto´s idea of art as "The Transfiguration of the Commonplace" (Harvard University Press, 1981). Peter has chosen common small town spaces away from traffic routes as the motifs for his work. He puts the focus not only on their material, but also on their immaterial quality. Therefore his work serves as an example for Danto’s ideas that art gives obvious things an oddness – it defamiliarises – and artworks have immaterial as well as material constituents.
Works from the series are part of the exhibition ÜBER LEBEN AM LAND curated by Verena Kaspar-Eisert at KUNST HAUS WIEN (Vienna, AT) as part of the festival FOTO WIEN | EUROPEAN MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY.
MAR 22 – AUG 25, 2019
11TH POLLUX AWARDS
Images from Topophilia have been published in my Monograph Book Photographic Realities by Kehrer Publishing Heidelberg Berlin.
Images from Topophilia have also been published by Scopio Editions in Portugal
Archival pigment prints on
Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Ultra Smooth
HALBE® magnetic frames with passepartout
and SCHOTT Mirogard® museum glass
9.4 x 14.2 inches | 24 x 36 cm
(Frame 16.2 x 20.5 inches | 41,3 x 52 cm)
Other sizes possible for some of the works.
© Peter Braunholz 2015-2018