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At In Situ gallery – Fabienne Leclerc until 22nd May 2016
The exhibition “Schuld” (‘guilt’), currently on show at In Situ gallery – Fabienne Leclerc features the recent, hitherto unseen works by Martin Dammann. The Berlin artist, born in 1965, has assembled for the past twenty years a collection of rather unusual photographs. Those photographs were taken by German soldiers during the two world wars, and they provide an unusual view on scenes of life that otherwise might appear quite common.
Martin Dammann builds a captivating, pictorial universe from these particular materials, which are both intimate and historical. Large watercolours on paper or hardboard playfully interact with bright coloured stains, distorting the images and dazzling the viewer. A man wearing a white suit has removed his shoes for the pose, his face veiled by a dark spot, maintaining the mystery, while a seascape made of dark pools and clear touches evokes a volcanic site or a ruin field.
A magnetic body of work, mixing memory and imagination with virtuosity.