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Anouk Tschanz: Actinism

7. 6. 2024, 6 p.m.

Artist’s tour with
Anouk Tschanz
8. 6. 2024, 2 p.m.

8. 6. – 18. 8. 2024

Opening hours
Tue – Sun and bank holidays
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Guided tours
German, English
Free, on request:
+43 316 81555016

Curated by
Anna Voswinckel

Anouk Tschanz, in her work, delves into the process of seeing and perceiving the world around us, and of reproducing it through photographs. Amid a visual culture characterized by accelerated digital image generation, Tschanz purposely employs the elaborate technique of analogue black-and-white photography, with the aim of training the focus on the perception of each individual image. In the exhibition, three recent photographic series are combined, all touching on classic subjects found in nature photos: Steine (Stones, 2024), Sonnenblumen (Sunflowers, 2023), and Blätter (Leaves, 2019–ongoing). The latter take center stage in the Actinism project. The staggering number of leaves with their idiosyncrasies of form can be read as an examination of biodiversity, of climatic conditions and weather effects. At the same time, in all three photographic series, the artist deals with processes of image creation, with surfaces, materiality, light, and depth. The word Blatt has two meanings—“leaf” as plant and “sheet” as (photo) paper—which gives rise to a polarization of nature and culture. In this same vein, Tschanz’s dense image compositions oscillate between representation and abstraction, encouraging us to view her photographs up close. Actinism is Tschanz’s first solo exhibition at a venue outside of Switzerland.

On the occasion of the exhibition an eponymous publication is published by Jungle Books, St. Gall.

Anouk Tschanz (b. 1994 in Bern, CH) studied at the École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL) (CH), the Universität der Künste (UdK) Berlin (DE), and the Glasgow School of Art (GB). She lives and works in Zurich (CH). Her recent solo exhibitions were shown at Coalmine, Winterthur (CH, 2021), and LONGTANG, Zurich (2020).

Anouk Tschanz, Blatt (Leaf), 2023.