At the heart of Gina Soden’s photography is an interest in abandoned structures of unique architectural character. She travels to undisclosed sites throughout Europe to explore the boundaries of beauty, decay, nostalgia and neglect.
There is a deep paradox lying within the essence of Gina’s work. At first glance, the casual viewer might think her photographs depict the past: past dreams, past lives, past structures. In fact, Gina’s photographs really talk about the present and our perception of passing time. In her new series of works, Gina Soden pushes the viewer into a profound reflection about the meaning of time, and our understanding of the present moment—of Now. What we experience through the contemplation of her images and supporting mediums (old pieces of marble, aluminium, copper or mirrors) is a sense of a time capsule, fragmented between two times and realities. The photographs depict a past instant, a Now and a reality for someone. This past Now, however, that seems to have paused and remained still at the very moment the building was abandoned, is shown as it is now, in our present Now and hence depicts, through the decay, the link between that past and this present Now.
The viewer, once immersed in the philosophical contemplation of Soden’s works, is brought into questioning: Is Now an indivisible momentary line of pure vapour between the past and the future, or is it an instant that can be measured? And if so, how long does it last? And what lies between each instant? How does Now repeatedly stop being Now, become the past, to turn back into Now, indefinitely until the end of time?
Gina Soden (b. 1985) isa British photographer based in London, UK. Gina’s artwork has been featured in The Telegraph, Evening Standart, Financial Times, The Independent and other international media. Her photographs are currently a part of high-profile private collections, such as Goldman Sachs (London); Soho House (London, Barcelona, Amsterdam, New York); Hoxton Hotel (Paris); Groucho Club (London); and others.
Pre-opening: Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 19:00 (please RSVP at email@example.com)
Exhibition dates: 1-11 October, 2020
Monday - Saturday 12:00 - 22:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 17:00
Exhibition Venue: Auguststrasse 35, 10119 Berlin