We are delighted to invite you to a special art event at recently opened Mummery + Schnelle, a gallery for contemporary art in central London. Wolfram Schnelle (ESCP-EAP alumnus 2004 BE) will lead a tour of the exhibition featuring new photographic work of internationally acclaimed artist Ori Gersht and give an introduction to the overall gallery programme. Refreshments will be served at the gallery and the group will later move on to a nearby restaurant for dinner (each participant will pay his/her own dinner).
The Gallery is located at:
The informal reception will start at 7h30 p.m.
For further questions, do not hesitate to contact Wolfram SCHNELLE (2004 BE) directly at Tel. +44-7908-14 04 24.
Considering the exclusive character of this event and the limited space available, the participation is limited to 40 persons. ESCP-EAP alumni being member to the Paris or Berlin-based alumni association will be given preference.
Background about artist and show
In his most recent series of photographs, London-based Israeli artist Ori Gersht explores relationships between photography and technology, revisiting fundamental philosophical conundrums concerning optical perception, conception of time and the relationships between the photographic image and objective reality. With the rapid advance of digital technology, photography is facing, on the one hand, its biggest crisis to date, and on the other, the opportunity for a revolutionary breakthrough. The authority of photography in relation to objective truth has been shattered, but new possibilities to experience “reality” in a more complex and challenging manner have arisen.
Gersht has created a series of photographs which take this idea of shattering to a visual extreme: the photographs depict flower arrangements based upon Dutch still life paintings, which are captured in the process of exploding. Suspended between life and death, such violently frozen spectacles were inconceivable during Renaissance times and only became possible due to the use of cutting edge technologies that were specially customised for the making of this work. Photographing the violent obliteration of such a delicate subject as Dutch flower arrangements is not coincidental given the artist´s biographical background. In these works, flowers, which often symbolize peace become victims of brutal terror, and a beauty unfamiliar in destruction is revealed. This paradox that exists between violence and beauty, destruction and creation can also be referred to apocalyptic cosmic explosions as well as to European history, which on the one hand prides itself on high cultural values and supreme aesthetic achievements while on the other hand is responsible for the most atrocious violence in human history.
Gersht´s work has been widely exhibited, including at Tate Britain, the V&A, the Photographers Gallery, the Tel Aviv Museum of Contemporary Art, and the California Museum of Photography.
Information about the gallery
Mummery + Schnelle opens in September 2007 as a joint venture of Andrew Mummery and Wolfram Schnelle. The artists represented all make work that demonstrates an awareness of the culture, history, traditions, conventions and genres of their chosen medium combined with an ability to re-examine these in the light of contemporary art practice and theory.
Confirmed venues so far (Sept. 4th)
Rashda JAVEED (UK school alumni office)
Jeremie RICHARD (ESCP 02)
Alison COLE (MBA 96)
Alessandro MAZZA (05 BE)
Frederik MICHAELSEN (04 BE)
Annika MORCH (06 MEB)
Claudia SCHMACHT (05 BE)
Philipp SCHOELZEL (04 BE) & Banu SIPAHI
Peter ZIGANEK (01 MA)
Eulogio SANZ (99 MEB)
Amy CELINO (03 MEB)
Susanne STEINER (98 BE)