JOHANNA JAEGER I HORIZONTAL QUESTIONS, CIRCULAR REPLIES
03.03 – 10.04.2016
Starter Gallery, Andersa 13, Warszawa
German artist Johanna Jaeger uses photography as the point of departure for her musings on space and its relationship with the viewer. She examines the properties of photography on several levels, experimenting with its constitutive characteristics – light and time. In her work with analog photography she participates in the chemical process of image formation, and uses photographic emulsion for unconventional purposes. Jaeger is fascinated by the moment of the reality becoming an image via – and thanks to – photography.
Jaeger’s work intertwines site specific actions (strongly emphasizing the relationships between photography and space), photographic activities and the presentation of photographs combined with objects. Her work “circular horizon” is a good example, in its juxtaposition of analog photography serving as a background, wooden support and a polished steel ball. The ball, balancing on the support, reflects the gallery space; Jaeger’s photo of the same title shows the same installation, with a ball reflecting her studio.
The title installation, “horizontal questions, circular replies”, serves as the horizon in the gallery space. Horizon plays a triple role here; it is an element of the composition appearing in the photo, a physical and material boundary, and a metaphor for perception in general.
“One of my goals in photography — says the artist — is to go beyond the horizon of what is most expected and to create an alternative perspective on everyday, ordinary things.”
“horizontal questions, circular replies” at Starter Gallery will be the first exhibition of Johanna Jaeger’s works in Poland.
Johanna Jaeger (b. 1985) studied at Hunter College in New York, Universität der Künste in Berlin and Surikov Institute in Moscow.