Two-hundred years ago, communicating through flowers was common practice in Europe. Particularly in Victorian Britain, it was one of the few opportunities to display emotion in public. Flower type, colour, how many in a bunch, wilting or in full bloom - every aspect of an arrangement had a definite meaning. An upside-down bunch of flowers represented the opposite of the original message. A bouquet carried close to the heart signified affection, while flowers adorning ones hair were an expression of rejection.
The photographs of Berit Neß explore the subtle art of 'Selam' or 'Selamic' (a reference to the public part of the Oriental home), echoes of which can still be found in the familiar message of red roses, or our customary white bridal bouquet. The exhibition "Selam - The Language of Flowers" will be open at the 'Galerie im Zieglerhof', Lüneburg, from 2 to 30 November 2013.
For further information visit Berit Neß and Galerie im Zieglerhof