Many years later the last retrospective in Italy, Fondazione Fotografia dedicates to Niedermayr a new exhibition, which is the fulcrum of Quattro exhibition. The show includes a selection of large-scale photographs and videos which document Niedermayr’s most recent artistic output from the last decade.
Born and raised in Bolzano, Walter Nidermayr began in the early 1980s to focus his attention on the Alpine landscape. From his first Alpine Landscapes series (1987) to his recent videos, he has been observing and documenting the consequences of the advance of mass tourism and industrialization.
His works are polyptychs in which the margins between adjacent photographs include repeated and overlapping portions. The fragmentation pursed by Niedermayr refers to the wounds inflicted on the landscape, which has become less and less conducive to a contemplative search for the sublime.
Despite their monumental proportions, still his works undergo a reduction process that involves both colour and form, bringing to light essential elements that are normally hidden in the darkness. Around these elements is created an enigmatic, luminous void which each viewer can fill according to their own observations.
All Niedermayr’s work is marked by a very subtle balance between the concrete evidence and the illusion of the representation: from his recent mountain photographs, to those exploring perception of architectural space – Raumfolgen (1991-2010) and Bildraum (2000-2010) – up to the work carried out in Iran in 2005-2008.
The Iranian series, to which is dedicate a big part of the show, explores a land whose history goes back millennia, where traces of ancient Persia can be found alongside those industrialization. Through the fragmentation and continuous shifts characterizing all of his work, Niedermayr seems to outline possible connections between past and present, placing us once again before the evidence of the visible and the illusion of the vision.
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