• Thekla Ehling Vergiszmeinnicht

Thekla Ehling Vergiszmeinnicht

Superficially, it seems to attest to childish naiveté, but one sees it often on gravestones. Taken literally, it reveals a quiet, imploring plea. And con- nected with it is the certainty of our own transience. It is a plant name that is almost as ancient as our language. The forget-me-not (Vergiszmeinnicht). The book is dedicated to Arno Fischer, with whom Thekla Ehling learned how to see and how to make photographs. A few years ago, Fischer himself published a book about his own garden. In it are several Polaroid images that bear witness to how persistently the teacher studied the world around his home over the decades. That Thekla Ehling has chosen to make reference to this is no accident. It is a forget-me-not. Where do we turn when we seek reassurance? – the images in the book seem to ask. About ourselves, our lives, our curious dreams. There are always three. Three states, three interpretations, three truths. Taken as a whole, they seem to cancel each other out, floating in a fragile balance, at once present and absent. Who believes that images have an inherent magic? One is simply reluctant to capture them in words. (Christoph Schaden)


artist book in a box limited, signed edition of 500 copies 11,5 x 15 cm 104 pages 79 color illustrations English, German Out of print ISBN 978-3-86828-250-4 2011

Artist:

Thekla Ehling

Texts:

David Almond


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Awards

Selected title German Photo Book Award 2012

Exhibitions

Städtische Galerie Schloss Borbeck, Essen
17.09. – 20.11.2011

Robert Morat Galerie, Berlin
29.06. – 08.09.2012

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