Galerie Wagner + Partner
 Galerie Wagner + Partner

Belvédère - Weiß war der Schnee

Thomas Wrede’s photographic project about the Rhône glacier

9/13/2019 – 10/19/2019

Vernissage: 9/13/2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Belvédère is a small town on the edge of the Rhône Glacier. Photo artist Thomas Wrede spent the last two years investigating issues related to the glacier and its transformation through climate change. For over 150 years, tourists have visited the glacier and its cave however; global warming is also endangering this natural spectacle. Nonetheless, by using fleece coverings, the phenomenon of glacial melt can be reduced. Gallery Wagner + Partner is pleased to première Wrede's new series with this solo exhibition.

Due to weathering as well as constant glacial drift, the fleece coverings age and have to be replaced regularly. Artistically, Thomas Wrede explored this fascinating interweaving of the natural landscape with human intervention. The results are beguilingly aesthetic images, which at the same time are documentation of an irretrievable process. With this in mind, Wrede captured interior and exterior images of this glacial cave near Belvédère.

Connoisseurs of Thomas Wrede’s oeuvre—think of the significant survey exhibition in the Von der Heydt Kunsthalle—will remember his Samsø series from the early 90s, and this selection of works is also on show. For Samsø, the artist addressed a comparable issue with the same sensitivity - that of the use of plastic wrap to enable an early potato harvest on the Danish holiday island of the same name. The plastic wrap became plastic garbage, which also considerably altered the perception of the landscape.

Samsø, which is presented in impressive black and white silver gelatin prints, highlights that Wrede had already begun investigating such issues in the 90s, which he has developed further and in colour for this current exhibition, Belvédère. In the context of an increasingly broader discussion on environmental degradation and climate change, Thomas Wrede's photographic work is a call to action that encourages awareness and dialogue regarding our changing landscape.

Thomas Wrede (b. 1963 in Iserlohn) lives and works in Münster. He is Professor of Photography and Media Art at the College of Fine Arts Essen. Wrede has exhibited in Germany and abroad since the early 90s and his works are held in numerous international collections.