In the summer of 2008, five years after the onset of the construction site for MOSE – Flood Protection System for the safeguarding of Venice and its lagoon – Walter Niedermayr conducted photographic studies in the areas affected by the human intervention. This volume brings together the photographs taken at the entrance of the port, but also along the coastal barrier and on some of the islands. The photographer worked on a territory held together thanks to a network of ‘exceptional complexity’ around the lagoon city. This zone was perceived as a secondary landscape of the Venetian area and generally ignored by the public gaze. The images of the area are characterized by the use of dazzling light which makes space appear evanescent. The objects captured by the photo frame are thus left to float within the brightness, thereby unhinging their spatial references. They seem to hint at the idea of freeing the objects in space, and thus tone down the presumption of perspectival construction, i.e. the possibility to describe the objects using a geometric-mathematic model.
Text: Tiziana Serena
Editors: William Guerrieri, Tiziana Serena
Design: Studio Camuffo, Venezia
Language: English and Italian
Publisher: Linea di Confine per la Fotografia Contemporanea, Rubiera + Buchhandlung Walther Koenig, Cologne
74 Pages, 25 Works, 3 Foldouts
29,0 x 24,5 cm
Available at Linea di Confine.