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A question of this body: Esther Teichmann
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A question of this body: Esther Teichmann

“ Inherent to the photographic, as to desire and love, is the paradox and impossibility of grasping a body, the quest to close this gap between oneself and the other/image, and the inevitable distance, which always remains. As much as the photograph is a question of this body, it is also a moment of violence, of wanting to possess that which is always beyond reach. Momentarily photography delivers the perhaps universal and timeless desire to become one with another, sought within the lovers’ embrace. The apparatus makes this possible, makes loving pictures and picturing love a vertiginous extended moment of absolute proximity and distance at once.” – Esther Teichmann

Untitled, from the series Mythologies, 2012-13

Untitled, from the series Mythologies, 2012-13


In Search of Lightning, single screen projection, continuous loop, HD video and sound, 5 min, 2011

“ In Search of Lightning is a haunting lament to mortality, grief and loss. Seductive in its palette of sumptuous blues and greens, the film transports the viewer to the peripheral edges of perception, following a journey through sub-tropical scenes of greenhouses, swamps and caves. We watch as water trickles from the lips of statues of gods and goddesses from long ago, and inky pools of water remain static as steam rises above them.” – Esther Teichmann

Untitled, from the series Mythologies, 2012-13

Untitled, from the series Mythologies, 2012-13

Untitled, from the series Mythologies, 2012-13

Untitled, from the series Mythologies, 2012-13

Untitled, from the series Mythologies, 2012-13

Untitled, from the series Mythologies, 2012-13

German–American artist Esther Teichmann received a Masters of Fine Art from the Royal College of Art in 2005. Based primarily in London, she is Senior Lecturer in Photography at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. Esther completed a PhD by project at the RCA in 2011 and spent 2012/2013 as guest professor and visiting artist in San Francisco at the California College of the Arts.

Teichmann’s work has been exhibited and published internationally, with group shows in Houston, London, Los Angeles, Berlin, Mannheim and Modena and solo exhibitions in the UK, Australia, Germany and Switzerland. Esther curated a series of events, Affect & the Photographic, for The Photographers’ Gallery in February 2011, and recently published a limited edition artist’s book, Drinking Air.

www.estherteichmann.com

Sea Men: Billy Bolton and Joe Wilson go in search of England
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Sea Men: Billy Bolton and Joe Wilson go in search of England

SEA MEN is a collection of short documentaries filmed on the English coast, chronicling encounters with men and boys, and their relationship to the places they inhabit.

“ The project was undertaken during various trips to the coast, each time to a new location around England.  Each video comprises of an encounter with a complete stranger and a selection of landscapes and details related to this meeting which once assembled form a vignette of that moment.

From the outset we wanted the films to contain slow meditative takes, like those we had seen in Gideon Koppel’s Sleep Furiously, undeniably the driving force behind the whole project. As a proponent of ‘slow cinema’ he utilised a quiet and contemplative photographic method, stopping to appreciate the everyday activities, and the more unassuming among us.

We took advantage of the long shots, and used them to allow reflection on the stories told which, although never very sad, seemed to permeate the struggles of day to day existence. Although the videos are never more than five minutes, we can gain an understanding of the men from the few words we share with them. By standing still for a while and allowing life to play out in front of us we would often be presented with moments of misfortune or juxtaposition. The basketball player completely missing the hoop, the plane plummeting to the earth, all reminiscent of the bizarre scenes in Andrew Kotting’s Gallivant, constructed to offset the sadness of the demise of his daughter and grandmother.”

– Billy Bolton and Joe Wilson 

Please note: the film contains strong language some people might find offensive.