archival pigment prints, dimensions variable
The term “dissolve” – taken from the context of film editing – describes a transition between two shots, where the first shot dissolves while the second one appears. The images of both shots are thus briefly superimposed, whereby separate spatial and temporal realms as well as different narrative structures merge into one during the transition. Referring to this editing technique, the images of the series “Dissolves (Sky Pieces)” fuse two realities, which are – between dissolving and formation – neither totally present nor totally absent. By superimposing bucolic baroque ideal landscapes as depicted in the paintings of Claude Lorrain and Jacob van Ruisdael – in which the dream of a peaceful state of the world is captured on canvas – and war-torn real landscapes as shown in contemporary media images, a spatial and temporal limbo is provoked. Of both realities, only a piece of sky is visible in each case, in which the soft idyllic light is clouded by billows of smoke rising from explosions.