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MALTE UCHTMANN
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Sometimes expectations make us blind.

Especially as a foreign photographer it seems impossible not to reproduce clich├ęs. As well the photographer as the viewer are biased culturally and often lack consciousness about it. The exotic is catching our interest and we follow certain aesthetics and subjects that are composed from our cultural imprint.

In the pictures of my series subject and aesthetics are only being suggested, but withdraw from the exact depiction as usually expected from photography. Therefore they test the logic of our perception and refer to the vein of our eyes to immediate association. The images explore the existent perceptions and the known imagery of the country.

Through my photography the viewer is given possibility to check his or her codes of perception. As a search between seeing and not seeing they again make the perception to an active process. What is photographed blurs, gets vague and creates an imaginary place where fiction and reality combine.

The images do not free the vision from the compulsion of classifying, but they make the action conscious. And therefore they raise the question what a picture can tell, wether it transports content or only shows its own alluring surface.

* IRN, 2019