Olaf Otto Becker is concerned with traces left behind by humankind on nature and that are visible. He is a witness of our time, revealing the damages caused by modern society’s careless attitude towards nature, always requiring more space. The photographs show us the impact of human activities on nature, as well as the existence of artificial „nature substitutes“.
„My pictures are an attempt to report on what I’ve seen with my own eyes and what has, deeply moved me. For many years I’ve been visiting places where human beings have encountered pristine nature, either directly or indirectly, and I’ve watched as these places have shrunk at an alarming rate.
The power of our economic system has now become so extensive and so complexly amorphous that it is very difficult to grasp. Corporations tend to react to legislation and other attempts to control their actions simply by strategically shifting their position. There is now good reason to believe that this planet is being changed ever more quickly and uncontrollably by human overpopulation, high material expectations and general opportunism.
Humans destroy primary forests, which have been growing for millions of years, within decades. At the same time, humans create a version of nature according to their own imaginations in the megacities of the world, turning nature into a product.
“Reading the Landscape” shows three states of nature in the primary forests of Indonesia and Malaysia: intact nature, ravaged nature, and artificial nature. Altogether, the project documents a fatal ecological and economic process that has progressed beyond the point of reversibility.“
Olaf Otto Becker was born in 1959 in Germany and studied communciation design and philosophy during the 90s. He combines his personal and artistic approach with documentary intention and socio-cultural questions. His photographs act as poetic images and documentation of processes in the world of today.
The exhibition is part of the new photographic season 2017 – 2018 by Clervaux – cité de l’image
The relationship to reality is marked not just by opposites but by subtle nuances. The unambiguous opposition of black and white gives rise to a vague inkling: there is more, something more complex, different shades. Contemporary photography makes no exception, both in its artistic mission and in its documentary approach.
The first rupture occurs on the surface, before travelling down to deeper levels and layers. In the window of the photographer’s eye, everything is alive, the foreground as well as the background. Like waves rolling into one another, nuances merge together in favour of the uncertain, in favour of plurality. Blurring the borders. Everything shining in the light. Everything shimmering in the shade.
The new season of photographic images is based on multiple truths, straddling day and night, capturing the entire range of black and white colours.
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Clervaux - cité de l'image / Echappée belle
Place du marché, Clervaux, Luxembourg
September 29, 2017 to September 28, 2018