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River Stories

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Rivers have always been a subject that held a deep fascination, particularly for photographers. The exhibition ‘Flussgeschichten’ (River Stories) – on view at the GAF in Hanover from September 1 to October 9, 2022 – brings together works by five photographers from Italy, Poland and Germany. Each artist’s explorations feature a different river, culminating in a diverse collection of images and approaches.

The Isar, which runs through Tyrol (Austria) and Bavaria (Germany), is only 295 kilometres long an non-navigable for ships. Photographer Martin Friedrich documented the river in every season over the course of several years.  Entirely devoid of people, his images – captured with an analogue, large-format camera – are fully focused on the river and its physical characteristics: any allusions to a human presence are limited to signs of urban developments.  

For his project ‘Ganga Ma’, Italian photographer Giulio Di Sturco captured the 2500-kilometre-long Ganges over a period of ten years, producing an extraordinary series of predominantly square-format prints.

The Volga is the longest river in Europe, spanning a total of 3500 kilometres. Photographer Tamina-Florentine Zuch and journalist Bettina Sengling travelled almost its entire length on behalf of Stern magazine.

Comprising a compelling blend of landscapes, portraits and cinematic imagery, the project ‘Across the River’ by German-American artist Jasper Bastian shines a light on the Ibar, which traverses the city of Mitrovica in northern Kosovo. For the past 22 years, the river has marked both the geographic and the socio-political division between the city’s Albanian-speaking and Serbian-speaking parts.

Polish photographer Mikołaj Nowacki focused his attention on the Oder – capturing the immensity of Poland’s second-largest river in impressive images.

For further information visit Galerie für Fotografie Hannover

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