1 / 8       Walter Niedermayr, Schnalstalgletscher 56, 2011. Courtesy the Artist and Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin/Stockholm.
2 / 8       Walter Niedermayr, Dôme des Petites Rousses 16, 2013. Courtesy the Artist and Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin/Stockholm.
3 / 8       Walter Niedermayr, Stubaier Gletscher 86, 2013. Courtesy the Artist and Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin/Stockholm.
4 / 8       Walter Niedermayr, Orcières 12, 2014. Courtesy the Artist and Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin/Stockholm.
5 / 8       Walter Niedermayr, Passo Tonale 13, 2004. Courtesy the Artist and Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin/Stockholm.
6 / 8       Walter Niedermayr, Tiefenbachhöhe 02, 2004. Courtesy the Artist and Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin/Stockholm.
7 / 8       Walter Niedermayr, Ebenferner 1, 1999. Courtesy the Artist and Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin/Stockholm.
8 / 8       Walter Niedermayr, Hintertuxergletscher 90, 2012. Courtesy the Artist and Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin/Stockholm.

Projection Spheres and Adventure Realms

Born and raised in a town surrounded by mountains (Bolzano/Bozen), Walter Niedermayr has been focussing his attention on the Alpine landscape ever since the end of the 80s. Therefore he has been observing the consequences of mass tourism throughout the Alpine region along the time. Desaturated, as well as on purpose lightened in order to underline their character of artefact, his pictures are, at the very same time, delicate and estranging. They show a separation between the natural landscape – under the wear and tear of mass tourism – and people. At the very same time the Niedermayr’s photos show that for him the photographic glance acts like an interrogative that explores both the external reality and the very same vision in which recollections and imagination are intertwined. His works, just like constellations, are composed of two or more pictures, one next to the other: so they make up diptychs, triptychs and polyptychs, which prevent the viewers from managing to observe a unique image, definite and self-contained. In each of these incomplete and next-to-each-other images, the view-point is modified and slightly shifts so that every perspective certainty is cracked. In the same way the time of the shot is never unitary but is multiplied: it contains some intervals, some differences in the running of time. This double disjunction, of space and time, puts in question the role which is normally given to photography: namely to show reality and to fix it inside the rigid immobility of a precise moment. Ambivalent and plural, his works act as an obstacle to the contemplation of the landscape through one single image. In fact they insert inside the view a precariousness, a movement, a shift that make stagger that very same identity between image and representation, thing which is normally attributed to photography.
In his works the in-between is essential, the interval which opens a non-coincidence of space and time inside the polyptychs, That is a coexistence, full of tension, among viewpoints slightly different. In this way images, which are disjoined among themselves but also linked, gather some conflicting aspects that disquiet the viewers and, at the same time, capture him: shatter the certainty of the photographic representation, making the reality shown vibrate. They unite an almost ethereal beauty with a feeling of loss. They dissemble time immobility and multiply it, playing with it. In fact they are both descriptive and built-on, soaked into a vague aura of unreality. This spacing creates his images like uneasy thresholds well as suspended open to the non-visible and non-evident.
Curated by Gigliola Foschi, Projection Spheres and Adventure Realms will be inaugurated on Thursday, November 5th 2015, at 4,30 pm.

Walter Niedermayr.
Projection Spheres and Adventure Realms
Bratislava City Gallery / Galeria Mesta Bratislava (Johann Pálffy Palace), Panská Street, 19 – Bratislava (Slovak Republic)
5 November 2015 – 10 January 2016

opening times: from Tuesday to Sunday, 11 am - 6 pm | closed on Mondays
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[ critical notes ] The landscape and the MOSE
◉ [ critical notes ] Solo il vento

Galeria Mesta Bratislavy
Month of Photography Festival 2015

published on 2015-11-02 in NEWS / EXHIBITIONS


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