They say that the photographer must go out into the world, while the painter draws inspiration from their inner world. And yet there is always more than just one world – both on the inside and the outside.
After all, who would ever equate Siberia to the Mali desert, or the banking metropolis of Frankfurt/Main to the 200-souls village of Sainte Marie-en-Chanois, in the 1000-lake region of Franche Comté? The same holds true for the idea of place and time: In 1996, Krizanovic captured a Chechen man who, during a demonstration against Russian occupation in Grozny, had climbed on a plinth as a mockery of Lenin. The photograph could just as easily have been taken 50 years before.
The painter Gesa Emde experiences the same dichotomy. The news keep her in touch with international developments, while she tackles the daily challenges of country life. In her work, she attempts to reconcile both worlds within the emotions and expressions of visual art. As a result, large-scale events such as the Tsunami catastrophes in 2004 and 2011 are addressed in the artist's etchings and aquarell paintings.
The juxtaposition of realities only heightens the significance of the quiet beauty of nature – both in photography as well as in painting.
For further information visit: Mirko Krizanovic