"Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together."
DREAMSCAPES is a series of photos that can be described as a virtual travel diary, in which memories of specific places, cities, and countries blend dreamily, layered onto each other, which have strongly shaped the artistic career of Nino Strohecker over the years.
DREAMSCAPES started during the physical immobility of the first lockdown of the year and tried to satisfy the ever-increasing longing for the adventure of travel in a new way.
”If you want to see something, you have to hurry. Everything disappears.”
VULNERABLE PUBLICITY deales with the explosive and complex theme of the ever-increasing flood of images we face every day.
In this work, I use the mechanisms of ”we share ourselves as a photo and hope for the recognition and attention by the rest of the world”.
All photos are downloaded from the Internet, from websites where photographers upload their photos free of any copyright in the hope of gaining a high level of publicity.
”There is no photography without secrecy.”
POP UP PIXEL is a series of 69 photographic images randomly taken from the worldwide web. These images are reduced to greyscale and 30 x 30 pixels and blown up 1-meter x 1-meter.
Standing in front of the picture the spectator is not able to see the content of the information produced by the pixels. But stepping back, or taking the smartphone´s camera, one will see.
POP UP PIXEL
”Art is the invitation to waste energy without a determined goal.”
THE REARGUARD shows the reality of war and not the ideal – physically and psychologically maimed individuals on both sides.
In his essay ”Letter to my three-year-old son” Umberto Eco tells his boy that when he is old enough, he will get all the war toys he desires. And he will show him all sides of the war so that his son will learn that war is futile. Nobody wins.
72 tin soldiers cast out of 2 different molds – all deformed – photo-graphed from front and back.
”You don´t make photography just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
WILL KOMMEN is a series of 12 photographic experiments layering five different photos on to each other and merging them in, unlike ways. The series centerpiece is a photograph taken with a smartphone at the incredible dance performance ”To Come” by Mette Ingvartsen at the MDT Stockholm in 2013.
”Without darkness, nothing comes to birth. As without light, nothing flowers.” May Sarton
FLOWERS OF KIND is a series of 36 diptych photographs – one normal and one inverted.
The beauty of everything lies in the eye of the beholder. For me, decaying flowers is one of the most spectacular sights. To watch this gradual metamorphosis fascinates me deeply.
FLOWERS OF KIND
”Photography is painting with light. The blurs, the spots, those are errors! But errors are part of it, they give it poetry and turn it into painting.”
NY_REVISITED is a series of 72 photographs taken on several trips to New York. To create these images I remodeled a cheap plastic camera from Lomo called the Supersampler by cutting out some walls inside the camera body.
”Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
SCHWARZSCHATTIGE GEFÜHLSWELTEN is the name of a series of 72 photographs taken on the island Högbonden in the region of the natural reserve at Högakusten, Sweden.
The images are overexposed and then inverted to create a dark, dreamlike sensation of the enchanted virgin forest.
The empty nature serves as a metaphor for social isolation while living in a foreign country.
”Behind the mask of total choice, different forms of the same alienation confront each other.”
THE END OF SILENCE is a series of eight experimental photographs understanding itself as an hommage to the work of Guy Debord, who worked with found footage of Images in his films. These found footage images are found again and merged with each other to create new images.
THE END OF SILENCE
”Visiting a zoo = unconscious ancestor worship.”
Fernandel aka Joseph Désiré Constantin
The project ZOO came to life as a sheer matter of coincidence during a visit to Paris in October 2005. Looking out of the window of my room in an apartment in Sant Mandé I could see a man-made mountain overseeing the whole urban area. On the last day of my stay, I couldn´t resist my curiosity any longer to look down on Paris from that mountain, so I decided to take may panorama camera and my last 3 roles of black & white film and went there.
I found the mountain surrounded by fences, located in the middle of the zoo. So I paid the entrance fee and started to wander around and I was stunned. I found the bizarre sight of worn out man-sculptured landscapes almost completely abandoned by their inhabitants – the animals.
”The camera makes everyone a tourist in other peoples reality, and eventually in one's own.”
SUPER 4 is a series of photographs taken on different locations with a cheap lomographic plastic camera named the "Supersampler". Despite the plastic lenses, the photographic end result is of remarkable quality.