Thomas Sandberg (*1952) writes: „My Europe is a literary place, it reaches from Brooklyn to Jerusalem, from Moscow to Casablanca. I had a few days and travelled to Lisbon. As years before I wanted to walk in the streets and make pictures, but the curiosity could not cease. I see a monkey in a zoo that observes a conspecific. I feel transported in an episode of a book. The Ulysse of James Joyce. “Leo Bloom watches Dedalus” – from a distance he looks at him and sees himself through him. I make a picture but I´m not sure anymore in what direction my objective is pointing.
Thomas Sandberg calls his motives the result of resonance cases. As in physics, when two things happen to vibrate in the same manner, what you read superimposes with the reality. This explains the title of the exhibition. Sandberg travelled with his Leica and light luggage through Europe. A resonance case is not dependent on technical perfection for him, but relies on the patience of the photographer and the chance. The cycle is called “Bronze By Gold” and is organised in chapters with names such as "Casanova", "Joyce" or "Bulgakov". Those names refer to the writers.
“Bronze By Gold” was produced in the last 10 years and lives from a plethora of associations. The resulting motives are both very subjective and very personal to Sandberg. They are associations and no illustrations. They give insight in the “mental literacy head cinema” of the photographer.
Marc Barbey: ”the photographic tableaux from Thomas Sandberg are unique and give us a chance to dive visually and associatively in the world of the biggest writers. As such they build an unusually strong bridge between photography and literature.”
Alongside the cycle “Bronze by Gold” the exhibition will present a cycle that has been produced 30 years ago: Erinnerung an Aarenshoop. A photographed memory of childhood and youth.