until 24.11. | #4059ARTatBerlin | Luisa Catucci Gallery shows from 13. October 2023 the exhibition Modernising Nature by the artist Zak van Biljon.
Zak van Biljon, a South African nature photographer living in Switzerland, enjoys worldwide recognition for his infrared photographs. When viewing his works, one embarks on a journey that leads to the discovery of an ethereal world, thanks to the technique he has chosen to depict nature and landscapes. Infrared photography, often referred to as IR photography, is a fascinating and distinct genre within the world of photography. Unlike traditional photography, which captures visible light, infrared photography focuses on recording invisible infrared radiation. Ordinary landscapes are transformed into translucent visions, revealing their innermost beauty in a way that challenges conventional perceptions and transcends the limits of human vision.
In an era marked by rapid urbanisation and the ubiquity of technology, Zak van Biljon’s work stands as a poignant testament to the evolving relationship between humanity and nature. It challenges the notion that the garish colours of neon lights and the bright lights of modern cities are far removed from the colour palette of nature. Using the infrared lens, Zak succeeds in what he calls “modernising nature” by emphasising that at the core of nature glows a stunning, vibrant pink-red that rivals the luminosity of the most modern city signs.
Yet van Biljon maintains that even a bright pink photo is more than just a colour; it is a profound reflection of the essence of nature that ends up being almost diametrically opposed to the busyness of modern cities. This thoughtful approach initially aims to attract attention, but its ultimate goal is to promote thoughtfulness and the peaceful connectedness that nature inspires. This is precisely why he has a deep affection for analogue infrared photography. Each of his photographs serves as a quiet retreat, a sanctuary where one can pause, reconnect and reaffirm his commitment to preserving the timeless beauty of nature. It is a quiet reminder of the untamed wonders that exist just beyond our screens and city scenes. His works are not simple snapshots; they invite us to set out on an adventure into the heart of the wilderness, where the pulse of the earth beats steadily beneath our feet.
Through viewing Zak van Biljon’s art, people are inspired to rediscover the deep awe and reverence that nature evokes, motivating them to become better stewards of the environment. His work stands as a testament to the enduring power of photography to shape perspectives and inspire the preservation of our natural world.
Opening: Friday, 13 October 2023, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibition dates: Friday, 13 October – Friday, 24 November 2023To the gallery
Image caption: Zak van Biljon, photography
Exhibition Zak van Biljon – Luisa Catucci Gallery | Zeitgenössische Kunst Berlin – Contemporary Art – Exhibitions Berlin Galleries | ART at Berlin