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Friedrich Gobesso at the European Month of Photography Berlin

Friedrich Gobesso at the European Month of Photography Berlin
Friedrich Gobesso, IRRLICHT 17, 2016, fine art inkjet print, dimensions variable.

Friedrich Gobesso presents a new series of work entitled IRRLICHT (ghost lights) at Galerie Mönch in Berlin. The glaring light source that is captured on reversal film with long-exposure has no reference point in our everyday lives and hence produces a feeling of disorientation and distance.


This new work consists of photographs that were taken with burning magnesium as the sole light source. Depicted are the sea, the black night, volcanic formations, and burning metal at the Sicilian coast or the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. This positions his work between performance and documentary photography. 


This is contrasted by an almost uncanny feeling of amazement and comfort evoked by the cave-like quality that the photographs bestow on the landscape by producing a sense of there being “light at the end of the tunnel”.


Friedrich has been artistically examining the analogue roots of photography. The nucleus of his practice is formed by experiments in physics, especially their visual outcomes, which cannot be predicted nor calculated.



Friedrich Gobesso, IRRLICHT 16 (ghost lights), 2015/16, reversal film (6 x 9 cm) exposed to burning magnesium, fine art inkjet print, dimensions variable.



The exhibition opens on Saturday, October 1 and will run until November 12, 2016 as part of the European Month of Photography Berlin.


Friedrich Gobesso holds a BFA in Sculpture from the Berlin Weissensee School of Art, Berlin (2006). He has published his theoretical thesis entitled 'Critical Mass' in the publishing house "form and purpose" - Berlin (2010) and has been featured in Freunde von Freunden.


All images courtesy of the artist.

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