Title: Camera Obscura Image of the Piazzetta San Marco Looking Southeast in Office, Venice
Medium: Gelatin silver print
Size: 60 x 50 cm
Misc: Signed, titled, numbered
James Casebere, Lucinda Devlin, Andreas Gursky, Candida H?fer, Abelardo Morell, Matthew Pillsbury, Kate Schermerhorn, Karl Hugo Schmolz, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Friederike von Rauch
“Not only our memories, but the things we have forgotten are ‘housed’. Our soul is an abode. And by remembering ‘interiors’ and ‘rooms’, we learn to ‘abide’ within ourselves. (…) The house images move in both directions: they are in us as much as we are in them. (…) The unconscious is housed.”
(From: The Poetics of Space, Gaston Bachelard)
‘Interiors’ is an exhibition of true topophilia; to use the term by the French philosopher Gaston Bachelard. It examines the ‘love for places and interiors’ through the eyes of various international photographers. Some of these artists try to evoke a sense of emotional place rather than the physicality of interior’s forms. They are merely interested in the memories and feelings evoked by the interior settings, as can be determined in the work by James Casebere, Candida Höfer and Hiroshi Sugimoto. Others, like Kate Schermerhorn, Andreas Gursky, Lucinda Devlin and Matthew Pillsbury, examine rather how interior spaces express the values of the culture that creates and uses them. At yet another level, we can distinguish the search by Friederike von Rauch and Karl Hugo Schmölz for capturing the pure architectural beauty of spaces and the way how changing light and shadow define surface, volume and depth. Abelardo Morell even has transformed many rooms into cameras; his interiors are reduced to black boxes or camera obscuras.
The images of these photographers offer us diverse and personal levels of research on the vast theme of ‘interiors’. However, they all seek to challenge our perception of the reality of spaces; of how we see and experience them.