In her silver gelatin prints the delicate green of May and the bright yellow tones of October are turned into the same shade of grey. A bracket, emphasizing the eternal cycle of the seasons, growth and decay. The abstraction of the black and white technique as well as the portrait format, unusual in landscape photography, focus the viewers gaze on the relationship between the trees, groups and ‘personalities’ and their connection with the adjacent sea.
In her works, Loredana Nemes shows a landscape, ancient and eternal, which hundreds of generations before us were able to experience and others should see in the future: tranquillity, dependability and sturdiness of the beech trees and the sea; the magic of mist, light, and clouds. In all this, a fragility and fleetingness that Nemes' expresses in her photographs.
The artist feels accepted in this landscape, in which all her roles are allowed to fall away from her: ‘Breathing is easier in Sassnitz. A faster light there and the leaves in May, like butterflies on the delicate branches. The ground around the beeches is closer and there is no need to flee. Relax the muscles. Gray trees that know me, because I come from the Carpathian ridge, leaving the land of beeches behind. In Sassnitz, another sea at the edge of the forest. It can't snap at me. It reflects the light and knows all grey. Then we stand on that edge, with arms and branches and roots that grasp and nourish each other, and nothing hurts anymore.’
Curator: Dr. Katharina Menzel-Ahr