About a Secret
“About a Secret”
Bryan Formhals, Jose Maria Hernandez, Nils Jorgensen, Zisis Kardianos, Charalampos Kydonakis, Junku Nishimura, Jack Simon, Rupert Vandervell, Delyan Valchev, Ania Vouloudi and Pierre Wayser
1 February - 22 March 2014
Why would a photographer decide to divert our attention from what motivated him or her to take a particular photograph. A feasible answer is to make us think more, to free us to choose and judge what is crucial and what is insignificant in photographs, and thus to life itself. The importance of this kind of photographs is precisely that their content is unreadable: when we realize that we have nothing to understand or explain we can ease ourselves in a delightful wandering among and in the images of the world.
The photographers participating in the exhibition persistently observe people around them and depict their gestures, shadows or reflections. They often invent new forms which, without violating the rules of standard photography, reveal uncharted regions of the visible.
The exhibition About a Secret illustrates some aspects of this exploration. Therefore photography becomes a secret about a secret as Diane Arbus has put it. To reveal this aspect photographs should stand as autonomous works, silent and illegible free of any context. In some cases, it is true that their succession in the exhibition or the accompanying catalogue creates unexpected associations, highlights deviations or reveals unpredicted territories of expression. But this also is part of the adventure of roving photographs.