Andreas Wißkirchen, born 1987, lives and works in Cologne, Germany.
In my work I like to questions both the photograph’s ability to serve as a document and the viewer’s ability to judge the medium without the elementary process of idenfitication. The opposing characters of photography as a reproduction of reality and as a genuine production of something artificial lies in the focus of my work. By mixing artificial build-ups, graphical elements as well as narrative references with a documentary vocabulary I confront the viewer with his own perception. The viewer is prompted to either sort what he sees into a documentary world which corresponds to his ordinary understanding of reality or into an artificial world. The results give reference to place, scale, atmosphere or material though I only giving a vague idea of these. The feeling of the familiar is negated at the same time through strongly visible exploits in the pictures.
Most of my work circulates around sculpture and the photos are taken in a performantive process, blurring the snapshot ability of photography either from the side of the object or the technique of the camera.
I want the viewer to have space for interpretation and discovering the errors in the picture, exploiting psychological basics of self-awareness and identification to fill in the gaps and favour the often romantic impression of a documented reality over the fake set-up.
” Art is a blurry bubble of projection and identification, to which one might either feel attracted or repelled by, depending on what we bring with us when we approach it. It’s taking a piece of yourself and putting it to display, which is great fun. “
Photographs and text courtesy of the artist.