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The Third Day
dal 26/9/2013 al 21/12/2013

Segnalato da

Ute Weingarten


Henrik Spohler

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The Third Day

Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung, Berlin

Following on from the tradition of topographic photography, this project spotlights man's cultivation of nature. On the occasion of the exhibition at the Foundation the book Henrik Spohler.

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Opening remarks: Dr. Christiane Stahl, director Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation
“... and God created the land and the seas. And the land brought forth grass.” West of Rotterdam, where man created the land, you can clearly see a new plant world evolving. Northern Europe’s largest tomato-growing area stretches towards the horizon in a seemingly endless greenhouse. Here the plants thrive not in earth but under glass, in rock wool. And it is not water, but a liquid chemical nutrient that provides those plants with everything that agricultural engineers have calculated. When the sun sets, the whole landscape is a radiant artificial orange. The crop plants thrive non-stop.

We have become accustomed to being able to buy every kind of fruit and vegetable at the supermarket fresh and at any time of year. Cucumbers, tomatoes, aubergines, kiwis and pineapples are always available just like any other standardized industrial goods. Yet the blissful conditions at the vegetable stalls and the growing need for good are changing our plant permanently. There are less and less fruitful regions on earth that are in a natural state – increasingly we find ourselves surrounded by a completely domesticated landscape.

Following on from the tradition of topographic photography, this project entitled The Third Day spotlights man’s cultivation of nature. It features gigantic outdoor monocultures in the United States, or under glass and plastic in the Netherlands and Spain. Interior views of research institutes provide insights into those places where new varieties are constantly being grown and tested. Places where man assumes the role of Creator when he uses genetic engineering to give plants features that are even more profitable.

On the occasion of the exhibition at the Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation the book Henrik Spohler. The Third Day is being published by Hatje Cantz Publishers. With texts by Christiane Stahl, Friedemann Scholl, 86 pages, 53 illustrations, German/English.

Accompanying program from the series “Literaturhaus der Fotografie,” Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 7 pm:
Georg Klein: Allwurzler! Eine libidinöse Annäherung. Reading and talk with Thomas Böhm, Project Management internationales literaturfestival berlin

Image: Tomatenrispen in Middenmeer, Niederlande, 2010, 109 x 133 cm, Pigmentprint kaschiert auf Aludibond, © Henrik Spohler

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Opening: Friday, September 27, 2013, 7 pm. The artist will be present.

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