Here and Elsewhere
Baltensperger + Siepert 2015
Collage, 68cm x 52cm
Inkjetprint on Archive Paper on Alu Cobond
17 Landscapes, Edition of 3 + 1 AP
Here and Elsewhere is based on Baltensperger + Siepert’s archive of border installations; the work offers silent and poetic access to a regime of division.
Baltensperger and Siepert did not rearrange the leftovers after cutting out the border-installations, as they did in their cycle Imaginary Landscapes. They carefully mounted the remains of the photographs on plain aluminum plates.
The missing part of the photo is now represented by the absence of material; at the same time, it becomes a shiny, silver aluminum surface, reflecting the light and atmosphere of the exhibition space, as well as anyone viewing it. The shiny surface seduces the viewer and opens up a void that needs to be filled.