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04.08.2017

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Black and white, geometric shapes – it is only after taking a closer look that the viewer may recognise the outline of a woman’s hips that, combined with other parts of the body, serve to create a new silhouette. The exhibition, Nude Silhouettes, with pictures by Swiss photographer Wuales, will be on display at the Leica Gallery in Salzburg, from August 11 to October 14, 2017. We spoke with the photographer about the artistic exploration of female curves and the art of combination.

Did you already have the idea that the pictures would be so abstract when you began the project, or did that evolve while you were working?

Yes and no. It was part of the process. As an artist who is in love with, even maybe obsessed with, detail, I’m always trying out new combinations – and in this case I was increasingly astounded. When selecting the pictures, I chose a cross section of absolutely abstract pieces and of very realistic ones. It was important to me to retain the aesthetic look of, and respect towards, the people I photographed.  

What does the exhibition in Salzburg mean to you? Is there any one picture that you like in particular?

Three years ago I expressed a dream I had in words, and on August 10 at the Leica Gallery in Salzburg, that dream will come true. How much I care about Leica can be seen not only in my pictures, but also in how happy I am with this exhibition. It is a privilege to be able to work with Karin Rehn-Kaufmann, and I’m especially grateful that she has supported me with Wuales #001, White Turf – my first exhibition.
My favourite picture among those in Salzburg is the one of the hips. It’s the photo on the invitation. It was the first combination that I discovered as such, and it opened up a door of creativity within me.

Have you considered expanding the project to include male figures?

While I was actually working on it, no; but some of the few people in the know, who have already seen the pictures, have asked me about my interest in male motifs.
Personally, I feel closer to the female body. It’s easier for me to discover the curves and shapes of a woman, and to interpret them artistically. However, like everything in life, it’s better not to dismiss anything.

The exhibition, Nude Silhouettes, will be on display at the
Leica Gallery in Salzburg from August 11 to October 14, 2017.

Wuales

Wuales discovered a love of photography when he was six years old. Self-taught and through the medium of sports photography, he developed into a collaborator for renowned photographers, including Michael Comte. With the technical perfection gained came the appeal to tread new photographic pathways. He decided to withdraw completely from commercial photography and reportage, dedicating himself exclusively to the artistic realisation of his visual ideas and inspirations.
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