A solo show by American photographer Sally Mann.
17. January 2020 – 14. March 2020
On view are more than thirty vintage prints from the Deep South series created in the late 1990s as well as from the Battlefields series depicting historic American Civil War (1861–1865) battlefields and taken in 2000 and 2001.
Whereas her landscapes from the Deep South series are depictions of the treacherous and quiet Louisiana and Mississippi jungle, the Battlefields series shows barren land with a focus on the soil and with a thin horizon that gives little room to the gloomy sky, mostly covered by clouds. In these landscape photographs, trees often serve as “solo performers”. To Sally Mann, these striking, soaring trees stand as witnesses to a bygone age: “I think of trees as the silent witnesses to so much of what happened on my poor, heartbroken Southern soil – so many of them are ancient, and surely they hold deep in their woody souls that which happened when the lives of men intersected with theirs when they were saplings…” Natural landscape turns into historic landscape, what can be seen mingles with that which is remembered, the boundaries between the present and the past become blurred. The romantic landscapes of the American South happen to be the Civil War battlefields such as Antietam, Manassas, Chancellorsville, Appomattox, Fredericksburg, and the Wilderness – nothing but a neglected or abandoned area. The lyrical mood of reminiscence captured in the dark, almost black landscapes looks back to the American Civil War generation, to the losses sustained, and to the varied fortunes of a region.
The impression of lyrical nostalgia is intensified by the special photography techniques Sally Mann employs. From the very start, she has worked with analog equipment and in large-format black-and-white, mainly utilizing antique glass plate cameras, such as those used in the 19th century in the collodion wet plate process first developed in 1850/1851.
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