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The Essence of Architecture
Panoptical Sublime, 2019
155 x 124cm
© Rut Blees Luxemburg

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The Essence of Architecture

Exhibition: 7 Mar – 11 Apr 2024

HWF Hamburg Werkstatt Fotografie

Bernhard-Nocht-Str. 8
20359 Hamburg

+49 152 -061 598 14


Wed-Sat 11-18

What is this? This is the essence of architecture, revealed to the eye of a gentle donkey. In an unlucky strike – it is all the photographer’s fault – the eye morphs into a glaringly dead pupil reproduced on a cigarette box. But why is this the essence of architecture? Because the architect pulls himself together and makes it pile up. She places layer upon layer, creates a solid column that will carry the building, stand on its own or in a row with other columns. At the same time, she lets go, allows it all to spread out in a stony cataract. The essence of architecture is the sphincter. But why is the essence of architecture revealed to the eye of a donkey? Because the donkey, unburdened and receptive, willing to capture and be captured, crosses the yard with elegance and alacrity. Its image vanishes into the concrete surface of a tiny memorial. Shit happens. The stable collapses. Will the zinc-coated watering can be used for a shower in the golden night?
Alexander García Düttmann