Over the past ten years, André Wagner (b. Burgstädt, 1980; lives and works in Berlin) has created a remarkable œuvre. The young photographer seizes on (lighting) situations that exist in reality and takes time exposures to create pictures full of painterly poetry. The camera enables him to expand our visual perception and the pictorial context.
Wagner’s photographs reveal the process of artistic engagement with the contradictory quality of human existence: between a profound sense of connection to nature and the culture of industrial progress. That is evident in this early fire drawing, which he inscribes upon the nocturnal scenery like self-portraits, as well as in his likeness of landscapes, which reflect on man and nature as forms of appearance. The first monograph on André Wagner’s work with essays by Thomas Bauer-Friedrich and Wibke von Bonin is published in conjunction with his participation in the 55th Biennale di Venezia.
With “Black Hole” Wager succeeds to create a wonderfully ambiguous metaphor on the meaning of being and appearance. Against a deep, black background, we see a person dressed in traditional Arab clothing. But only through cloth and fabric is the presence of the body suggested to us, that the face, and with it the personality itself, seems absorbed in the black background – in the depths of the black hole.