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Imagine Another Perspective
Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung 
Berlin, Germany
Opening 13 July 

Featuring works by:
Mandy Barker
Caleb Charland 
Maija Tammi

How does humanity’s conception of time shift when confronted with illness or death? What are the deeper implications surrounding the plastic materials we handle every day? Are there energies in nature imperceptible by the human eye? Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung presents an exhibition that tackles these questions and more in the group show Imagine Another Perspective.

The works of the three international artists included in the presentation aim to illuminate areas of the natural world around us that are often unnoticed: the unseen, the overlooked, and the surprising, which are however central to our survival. The exhibition is an attempt to train our vision and perception, in hopes of gaining a different perspective on our environment. By experimenting with a variety of tools and optical techniques, the artists also explore the process of photography itself.

American artist Caleb Charland (*1980) combines a scientific curiosity with a constructive approach to the making of his pictures. In his series “Back To Light,” the artist expands upon the classic school science project, the potato battery. By inserting a galvanized nail into one side of a potato and a copper wire into the other side, a small electrical current is generated. Charland finds the simplicity of this electrical phenomenon endlessly fascinating. His work speaks to the curiosity we all have for how the world works, as well as the global concern for the future of Earth’s energy sources. By employing long exposures and experimentation with light-sensitive papers, Charland surprises us by illuminating forces invisible to the human eye and yet existing all around us, and draws our attention to the parallel experiences of plant life happening every day.

Images all © Caleb Charland, Left – Right:  “Orange Battery,” 2012 and “Beet Field Battery, Lajoie Growers LLC, Van Buren, Maine,” 2013.

The photographs of British artist Mandy Barker (*1964) initially resemble fantastic creatures and galaxies. Only upon closer inspection is it revealed that the images are, in fact, made up of marine plastic waste from around the globe, collected by Barker herself, sometimes inviting others to contribute their finds as well. Collaborating for over a decade with scientists and explorers, Mandy Barker has gained global recognition for raising awareness about plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, highlighting its harmful effects on marine life, climate change, and ultimately ourselves. She believes that photography has the power to encourage people to act, to move them emotionally, or at the very least make them take notice. Photographs have the power to stimulate debate and ultimately evoke change.

Images both © Mandy Barker – from L – R: “30.41 N 157.51 E,” From the series, ‘Shoal’ 2010  and “Turtles,” From the series “SOUP” 2011. Click on Thumbnail to see full image.

Finnish artist Maija Tammi (*1985) explores the life of Hydra vulgaris, a small freshwater polyp that does not age at all in her series “Immortal’s Birthday.”  Her photographs explore the human place in the continuum of existence and ageing, examining practical and metaphysical questions raised by Hydra all the way from the 1700s until today. Her work surrounding the Hydra combines Greek mythology and spirituality with technology and scientific research.

All images © Maija Tammi from Left – Right:  “Bathing Brains,” 2023.

ADDITIONAL EVENTS

13 July 2024 16:00 – Gallery Tour with artist, Maija Tammi & Curator Peggy Sue Amison (in English).
This tour is free, but you must register your attendance in advance by emailing info@aestiftung.de

25 July 2024, 19:00 – Lecture (in German), “Plastic in the Sea: Occurrence, Fate, Effects, and Possible Solutions” with Professor Dr. Annike Jahnke, Hemholz Center For Environmental Research UFZ Leipzig. This lecture is free, but you must register your attendance in advance by emailing info@aestiftung.de

29 August 2024 18:00 – Gallery Tour with artist, Mandy Barker & Curator Peggy Sue Amison (in English).
This tour is free, but you must register your attendance in advance by emailing info@aestiftung.de

The exhibition aims to provide audiences with unexpected new understandings of foundational ideas and is made possible with additional support from the Finnland-Institut and East Wing/Doha. The exhibition runs until 8 September 2024. See more on the Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung website.