WIE EIN GESICHT VOR DEM VERSCHWINDEN WIE EIN HALBVERSCHLUCKTER FISCH WIE EIN SCHATTEN OHNE BAUM WIE EINE BLINDSCHLEICHE, IN DER MITTE ZERHACKT: ÄHNLICH WIE ZWEI WASSER BEIM ZUSAMMENFLUSS WIE EINE FEDER IM SAND.
As the French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss pointed out, myths have traditionally allowed us to resolve in fiction what cannot be resolved in fact. Therefore they must be used carefully for mythologizing can entice us to believe lies as effectively as truths. Gerz uses and creates contemporary mythologies in his works - stories so familiar that the fragments are sufficient for us to piece together the whole tale, whether it be about war, the environment, peace or the intimacy of lovers. These fragmented narratives represent our own shared desires for peace, security and intimacy. It is of these things and their uncertainties that people speak.Judith Mastai 1993
Mixed Media Photograph
8 framed b+w photographs, each 40,5 x 50,5 cm, 6 framed b+w photographs, 1 framed text (relief print), 1 framed text (typed on paper), each 13 x 18 cm, total 165 x 120,8 cm
Collection Esther Shalev-Gerz
The text is typed in German and Englisch.
Bucarest 1985. Hamburg 1985. Calais 1986 (Chartres 1986). Düsseldorf 1986. Troyes 1986. Kleve 1987. Köln 1987. Berlin 1988. Mönchengladbach 1988. København 1989. Tokyo 1989. Tel Aviv 1995
I: Bucarest 1985, p. 49. Heidelberg 1986. Calais 1986, pp. 90-91. Kleve 1986, pp. 96-97. Tel Aviv 1995, pp. 93-95
II: Red. 26, 1986, p. 14
V: Wolf 1992, pp. 114-115, 220
VI: Düsseldorf 1997, p. 106