Sonja Braas

So Far

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Sonja Braas
So Far

Text(s) by Stephan Berg, Diana Edkins, graphic design by Sonja Braas, Felix Kunkler

German, English

2013. 122 pp., 97 ills.

hardcover

27.70 x 30.70 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-3646-6

Dramatic, seemingly surreal nature and landscape scenes

Extensive monograph on the photo artist’s serial works

The visual aesthetic of Sonja Braas (*1968 in Siegen) is one of dazzling paradox. Viewers see clearly recognizable natural phenomena and forces, such as icy alpine regions, thundering avalanches, tempestuous surf, or urban centers and cities flooded or in flames. Yet nature’s essence seems alienated. The images look artificial, for they are only partially based on actual nature and landscape photographs. Many of the images are of models built by the artist, and this lends them a characteristically uncanny atmosphere. While Romantic painting assigns the viewer a fixed viewpoint, generally represented by a figure in the picture, from which he or she can perceive the sublimity behind the terror of nature from a safe distance, Braas rejects any foothold whatsoever. Only the disembodied camera seems immersed in the events taking place in the photographs.

Exhibition schedule: Fotoforum, Innsbruck, March 7–May 11, 2013

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