August 2, 2013 – extended until September 22, 2013
FORUM 030: Andréas Lang, Twilight – Crépuscule

Andréas Lang discovered a collection of documents and historical photographs belonging to his great-grandfather hidden away in his mother’s attic. As a member of the ‘Schutztruppen’, the Imperial colonial forces, his great-grandfather had been involved in a number of border and survey expeditions in Cameroon between 1909 and 1914, when it was still under German rule. On the eve of the First World War, he participated in a Franco-German border expedition charged with surveying and acquiring part of French Equatorial Africa (formerly the French Congo) as a German colony. His extremely matter-of-fact descriptions provide an insight into an era when colonial hubris was the norm. At the same time, they bear witness to his great-grandfather’s desire to act in a just and humane manner. The clash between these two attitudes opens a door of imagination that is reminiscent of Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’. This historical material has provided the basis for further research, culminating in Andréas Lang’s journey to northern Cameroon and neighboring Chad in 2012.On his arrival in these countries, he embarked upon a quest for insights, seeking to unlock his own feelings and at the same time re-flecting the current realities of the places that witnessed the events of his great-grandfather’s day. The exhibition is conceived as a work in progress, with a second journey to central Africa planned for 2013/14 in order to complete the project.

In his photographs and video works, Andréas Lang is especially interested in exploring the hidden story of different locations, whether it be historical, mythological or personal in nature. His goal is to capture the spirit of the particular place. His photographs depict occasionally unsettling scenes of powerful tranquility that inhabit a twilight zone between reality and imagination. It is almost as if they exist out of time, in a place where past and present merge into one. Lang’s other long-term projects have explored the landscapes of Europe and locations in the Middle East associated with Christianity and the crusades.

Lang received several awards for his works that have been exhibited around the world. His photographs are also currently showing as part of an SØR Rusche collection exhibition at the Kunsthalle art gallery in Osnabrück (until October 13, 2013) and at Maison Victor Hugo in Paris (until October 15, 2013).

For further information please see www.lang-photo.com

Conversation with the Artist
Sunday, September 15, 2013, 4 p.m.
with Maria Schindelegger, Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm