Germany - Hamburger Kunsthalle - Geert Goiris - Whiteout and other stories26/04/2010
May 6 - July 11, 2010
Hamburger Kunsthalle dedicates an exhibition to the Belgian artist Geert Goiris (born 1971 in Bornem), after receiving his award-winning work as a donation from the Bâloise Group.
Whiteout, the new addition to the museum's collection, is an arrangement of multiple slide projections that were shot in the Antarctic. It deals with the fascinating and dangerous weather phenomenon of the same name. Caused by the refraction of light in an air saturated with ice-crystals, a 'whiteout' makes all contrasts dissolve and leads to the disappearance of the horizon line. This experience can result in a complete loss of all sense of orientation.
The presentation is complemented by recent photographs by Goiris, taken during his journeys through desolate, scarcely populated regions. Goiris records surreal and melancholic situations, haunted by a subtly pervading, sinister mood. His works are characterised by a special empathy for the subject matter he deals with. They are composed in a clear and simple manner and are produced without digital manipulation.
Supported by the Bâloise Group and the Flemish Government
Image: Geert Goiris, Whiteout 2008/2010 (The Arrangement)