29.01.22 – 05.03.22
Veronika Pot's photographs always return to an analogous representation of nature. In her earlier series she often used a Camera Obscura to introduce an alienating character in her images. The blurred corners, sharp center and strong contrasts could almost be smartphone filters applied to her photos. Yet it is all carefully developed and printed in the darkroom.
In her latest series 'Before again.' Pot works in a similar way. The Camera Obscura has been replaced by a traditional analog camera, the images taken are fragmented. These fragments are brought together as a collage and photographed again. With this she will perform digital-looking actions in an analogous way, seemingly with the same result, without any form of Photoshop or digital manipulation. The final image is a digital archival print that only enhances the trompe l'oeil effect. The images come in as different photos that the viewer wants to experience together. The question arises as to what the original image was and how it was able to transform itself into an amalgam of simultaneous images.
Veronika Pot's process is about transforming images. Capturing moments to remember them again and processing them selectively and fragmentarily into new images. The original image has often become unrecognizable and raises the question of the context in which it originated. They are landscapes, trees, sea, rocks, ... that Pot tries to 're-view', 're-memorize' and 're-visualize' – often with references throughout the art history of landscape painting and land art.