Point of no return

Exhibition with works by Elaine Tedesco and Klaus W. Eisenlohr

The exhibition Ponto de não retorno (Point of No Return) will start on Saturday, May 12 at ESPM Cultural Space, in Porto Alegre. With work in photography and video, the show presents ongoing projects that these two artists have proceeded in parallel in Germany and Brazil since 2015.

Klaus W. Eisenlohr’s Praças do Sul do Brasil (Plazas of Southern Brazilian) are an extract of the project that the artist has been developing in Porto Alegre and other cities of Rio Grande do Sul. The photographs are showing squares and open spaces. The project is a result of his previous works, such as Familiar Spaces, which started in 2000, subsequent to his Master’s degree at The Art Institute of Chicago in the United States. Since then his focus has been on the public spaces, their uses, their problems and the green areas that still resist urbanization. Eisenlohr will present a series of night panoramic photographs taken with negatives and medium format cameras in long exposure time, as well as digital photographs of the same series.

Elaine Tedesco presents excerpts from two series of the same period: Vanitas in the garden in which the process involves taking printed photographs, which are part of her own collection, and which were previously exhibited, to the garden of her house. The images are rephotographed, thus becoming records of the erasure of these images. In the other series – Das ações com a câmera (From the actions with the camera) – the artist resumes her investigations with multiple exposures of images, made in the years 2001/2003, resulting in the book Sobreposições Imprecisas (Impossible Overlays). For this exhibition, Tedesco took double exposures in a Jewish cemetery in Berlin. Adding exposures in Porto Alegre, she creates a reference to the proximity of the ESPM Cultural Space with the Jewish cemetery (which is situated across the street).