Guido Baselgia Weltraum

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Edited by: Kunsthaus Zug Texts by: Matthias Haldemann German, English 2004, 96 Pages, 37 Ills. Half cloth 330mm x 246mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-1412-9

Guido Baselgia, born in 1953, is one of the most prominent photographers in Switzerland. His book Weltraum is the product of several years of exploration in northern Finland and Norway, in the region between the Artic Circle and the Barents Sea. Prehistory and the present come together in space and time in this still and inhospitable moraine landscape: nature before mankind or after? Baselgia seeks to deconstruct the long-standing conventions of traditional landscape depiction with an abstract, elementary visual language-photography returned to its most elementary foundations, to a point zero. In a certain sense, it is an answer to the prevailing flood of visual images. How does one find a relevant image? The view of a barren, essentially "empty" world that is imbued through photography with mystery and multiple meaning is transformed into a mental picture. Weltraum is a direct sequel to Baselgia's Hochland project, also published by Hatje Cantz. Exhibition schedule: Kunsthaus Zug, March 14 - May 31, 2004

»So mysterious and baffling are these beautifully printed black-and-white photos that the viewer is gripped by the rare feeling of having encountered the sublime.«