It moves / It seethes / It crumbles / It breaks / It contains stories / It deceives / It drifts
Julia Baier recently travelled to Iceland and responds to the stark Icelandic landscape in a new black and white series. Iceland lies on two continental plates that are drifting apart, in the process shaking the grounds, causing volcanoes to erupt and water to boil. The landscape is extreme: black lava rocks meet snow, moss meets solid slabs of stone, hot waters meet cold air.
Mirroring this dynamism and change, Baier captured pictures of the land while inside a driving car, using the car’s motion as her own. Her camera reinvents, copies arbitrarily, omits, condenses time, all depending on the speed of the car, creating new landscapes as it passes them by. Pieces of her rolling surroundings are condensed with ragged, alienated fragments and form new, unusual results - mysterious pictures with painted and film qualities that seem to complete the myths that surround Iceland and point to the fragility of nature today.
Baier's exhibition will be on view in Berlin at Galerie Susanne Albrecht,
8.10.–12.11.2016, with opening 7.10.2016 at 7 pm