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At a time when blank spots have by and large disappeared from maps, “wilderness” has returned in art. The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt has dedicated an extensive theme-based exhibition to this recurring fascination.

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Axel Grünewald

Bankett

Axel Grünewald (*1954) looks at the edges of the present. For more than five years, he has repeatedly traveled through the coastal regions of Morocco and southern Spain, to the continental border between Europe and Africa. His photographs show the sea, barren landscapes, and people on both sides of the Strait of Gibraltar. However, Grünewald doesn't name any concrete place; his images do not belong to either side. They're at once empathetic and oppressive, depicting the invisible and seemingly insurmountable space separating North and South where people are “stranded”, defenseless, with all their hopes for a better life in the unknown. Axel Grünewald looks to where Europe turns away.

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"Axel Grünewald"

November 2018

ISBN 978-3-7356-0532-0

25,00 x 30,50 cm

180 Pages

92 colored illustrations

Hardcover with quarter binding, bound

Languages: German, English

Editor
Axel Grünewald
Text by
Mathias Énard
Design by
Sven Lindhorst-Emme, studio lindhorst-emme, Berlin