Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Fwd: André Luetzen's 'Living Climate: A Tale of Three Cities' | January 17 - February 28 | URU art harbour




We are happy to announce André Luetzen's Living Climate: A Tale of Three Cities, an exhibition of photographs focusing on three cities with different weather conditions: Kochi in Southern India, Arkhangelsk in North-West Russia and Khartoum in Sudan.

In 'Living Climate: A Tale of Three Cities' André Luetzen approaches the question of how climate influences people and their ways of living. He documented how climate defines living situations and effect a diverse interplay between private and public. All photographs were taken between 2014 and 2017.

 

The exhibition will open on January 17, 2018, at URU art harbour, Kochangadi, and will remain open until February 28, 2018The exhibition is conducted with the support of Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan.
 

Mattancherry Series as part of Mattancherry curated by Riyas Komu
 André Luetzen, Tale of Three Cities, Arkhangelsk - Zhili Byli, 2014 

"Zhili Byli" (Once upon a time...) combines images of contemporary living and housing conditions with a series of portraits of residents from the city of Arkhangelsk. This city in northwest Russia is plunged into freezing temperatures for eight months a year, sometimes as low as 40-degrees below zero. The climate makes for an extreme contrast between indoor and outdoor life. Inside pre-fab buildings or wooden houses residents have created cave-like havens of intimacy and comfort where they spend most of the year, while the world on the outside seems strangely neglected.

Mattancherry Series as part of Mattancherry curated by Riyas Komu
 André Luetzen, Tale of Three Cities, Inside Out Kochi, 2015 

"Inside Out" is photographed in Kochi, southern India, during monsoon season: for months the sun is hidden and the city veiled in a clammy, milky grey haze. Heavy rains flood streets and public spaces and force people inside even though living spaces are crowded and the heat is suffocating. The pictures of this series focus on the life and living conditions in the city of Kochi during these monsoon months.

Mattancherry Series as part of Mattancherry curated by Riyas Komu
 André Luetzen, Tale of Three Cities, Khartoum, 2016/17 

Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, is located where the Blue Nile and White Nile Rivers converge. The huge, spread-out city actually consists of three distinct cities which are divided by the Nile and its two arms. The sub-Saharan desert climate produces a dry heat of 46 degrees. As in Arkhangelsk and Kochi, here too, the climate makes for an extreme contrast between indoor and outdoor life.

ANDRÉ LÜTZEN

Born in 1963 in Hamburg, André Lützen studied visual communication at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg and at the International Center of Photography New York. He has received various awards for his work, which has been shown in numerous exhibitions such as the Haus der Photographie / Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, the Krefelder Kunstmuseen, the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the Noorderlicht Photogallery, Groningen, at the New York Photo Festival and at Photo Espana.

His photography has been published in several monographs: Generation Boul Fale (2001), Loch im Kopf (2005), Before Elvis there was nothing (2008), Public Private Hanoi (2010), Zhili Byli (2014), Inside Out Kochi (2015) and Up-River Book (2017).


André Lützen is represented by the Robert Morat Gallery.

Exhibition opens on January 17, 2018, at:
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