Into the void: the Jessica Backaus trilogy

The german photographer is back to Italy with an exhibition that brings together three of her most recent works.

For Jessica Backhaus photography is a way of moving inside her own existence, redrawing its borders and sometimes even redefining some of its main features. 

The transfer to a new sudio, the search of the biological father, the friendship with Gisèle Freund, for the german photographer every step into space and time is a step towards herself, and becomes a chance to reflect on the image’s communicative (and identificative) power through a necessary visual synthesis.

Hosted from 24 of May to 21 of June by Mutty, a multifunctional space in Castiglione delle Stiviere which offers an interisting cultural programme, “A Trilogy” brings together the three most recent works of the artist born in Cuxhaven: “Beyond Blue”, that moves from the color she feels better represented by, “Shifting Clouds”, in which she attempts a partial overcoming of photography itself, and “New Horizon”, where she gets to a personal way of expression finally freed from a two–dimensional state and yet graphic and minimal as never before.

Both invisible and pervasive, the common thread of the three series is the void, a space needed for the artistic act to be performed, the place to contiually strive for and the energy to constantly feed the stuff creativity is made of.

Following the path of the omonymous book pulished by Kehrer Verlag in 2017, and featuring images from previous series as well, the exhibition
marks a new collaboration between Mutty and Giulia Zorzi of Micamera — a heart place for contemporary photography in Milan — after The Lonely Ones by Gus Powell. So, as in the gallery’s best tradition, it will also be the opportunity to attend a workshop with the author: on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th Jessica Backhaus will lead the students in a journey through everyday’s photography (and the art of knowing how to look)

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