Die Bilder waren gelungen

The pictures were a success

Photo/Text # 49

CR 183. Year 1974/1975

Die Bilder Waren Gelumgen Photo T49 Jochen Gerz Cr 183 Web

Die Bilder waren gelungen. Man hätte sie sich nicht ähnlicher vorstellen können. Welche Zweifel auch wegen der Schwierigkeit des Unternehmens vorher angebracht schienen, sie hatten sich - angesichts des Ergebnisses - als unbegründet erwiesen.

The loss of memory - that important, sensitive memory which keeps emotions intact, that impossible memory, the rebel defeated by the passages of time - is glimpsed here as the metaphor for the loss of art, the loss of that creative emotion that springs from an exceptional instant. … The object of this loss is often represented materially by the photographs that are, paradoxically, quite visible beside the text. … The loss of the object creates the desire within the artist to recover it … It is a long search and he knows from the beginning that it will have no end.

Anne Dagbert 1986

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Photo/Text

36 b+w photographs, photographic opaque, text (handwritten with ink on cardboard and typed on paper), mounted on cardboard, wooden frame, 134,5 x 125 x 5,5 cm, stamped: gelebt - nicht gelebt, Jochen Gerz, dated and signed: 2/12/74 - 28/8/75 Jochen Gerz

Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg

Exhibitions

München 1977. Münster 1977 (Bochum 1977). Münster 1992. Leipzig 1993. Essen 2002 

My name is Jochen Gerz