Potsdam artist Göran Gnaudschun's Mittelland (Middle Land) exhibition will be on display at the Galerie für Fotografie in Hanover from April 15 to May 8, 2016. Gnaudschun was the recipient of the 10,000 euro Hanover Shots photography grant from the Hanover Foundation. The Foundation is now presenting the exhibition of the resulting work.
Men and women of all ages, children and youths, all put their trust in the photographer and let him take their portraits in private surroundings, on the streets or in the squares. Urban landscapes devoid of any people complement the series. For Göran Gnaudschun, whose oeuvre includes many portraits, it is all about giving space for something deeper, something universally human.
The encounters between photographer and those portrayed are filled with sobriety and calmness, leading to a rare closeness that is palpable – as though each picture is about the whole, about the present, and about existence. Beyond gestures and putting oneself in the limelight, Gnaudschun portrays his subjects in a “middle” state – between “inner and outer”. This is also reflected in the exhibition's title, Middle Land.
Every two years the Hanover Foundation calls for submissions from all over Germany, for the 10,000-euro Hanover Shots grant. The aim of the grant is to get professional photographers to approach Hanover from their own individual perspective and with a theme of their own choice, and to prepare an exhibition. The first recipient was Tomek Mzyk (Hanover) in 2013/2014 .
Further information at: Galerie für Fotografie in Hannover, Hannover Shots and Göran Gnaudschun