Nathalie Mohadjer – Zwei Bier für Haiti
For several months the artist Nathalie Mohadjer took photographs in a homeless shelter in Weimar. She spent a great deal of time with the residents, but never tried to hide her identity as an outside visitor. Her photographs hence suggest at once closeness and distance. The viewer can sense an ambivalence in them that is as fascinating as it is touching. Mohadjer's artistic strategy and choice of motifs rely on careful arrangements and a sensitivity to quiet, shy gestures, along with the use of (extra) light and clear pictorial compositions. Her formal and aesthetic language may be nothing unusual in the art world, but nowhere else it is applied to the same themes, social conditions and corresponding objects and people as the ones that interest Mohadjer. Starting out from a journalistic approach, Mohadjer's (b. 1979) images, usually conceived as series, are marked by a clear visual language and artistic aesthetic. This is her first photo book. Her works have been widely exhibited, e. g. at the Goethe Institute in Lyon, Kunsthalle Weimar, at the Kaunas Photo Festival, at the Visa pour l'image festival in Perpignan, at Les Rencontres d'Arles.
|Contributors||Silke Opitz, Emanuele Quinz|