The construction and reconstruction of history are key themes in Simon Wachsmuth´s oeuvre. The artist´s starting point for his interest in the importance of legends for cultural identity and the inconsistencies in the writing of European history is Piero della Francesca´s “Legend of the True Cross“ fresco cycle. In his painting series entitled “Fehlstellen“ (Imperfections) Wachsmuth transfers the missing and destroyed parts of the frescoes onto canvas using black paint. A fictitious cartography emerges, to which he adds current newspaper cuttings covering Turkey´s accession to the EU and old photographs of Istanbul. By juxtaposing the Crusaders´ Conquest of Constantinople, portrayed in the frescoes, with the discussion on the EU´s external borders, Wachsmuth reveals the constant ideologisation and shifting of power relations between East and West.
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16,50 × 23,50 cm
39 colored and 6 b/w illustrations
Languages: German, English
Beate Ermacora, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck authors Daniela Hölzl and Walter Seitter Graphic design Harald Richter
The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition Simon Wachsmuth. Aporia/Europa, 24 July to 12 September 2010, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck.
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