Land(e)scape: Lisa Kohl
Approaching landscape photography today as a young emerging artist is not an easy task. The landscape today is polluted, not only by ancient and recent history, and by our excesses of consumption, production and exploitation but also by the crossing of man, whether it is desired or constrained, free or obliged.
When Lisa Kohl arrived in 2016 on the Greek island of Lesbos, she was confronted with the idyllic landscape of the Aegean island where the sky and the sea are deep blue, almost unreal, opposed to the thousands of migrants from Turkey who arrived in search of an acceptable and dignified life.
In the series of photographs LAND(E)SCAPE, the artist bears witness with a very subtle and sensitive artistic language to this human tragedy and to the fate of these men, women and children who have fled terror to find themselves in another nightmare, the end of their dream of freedom and peace.
By photographing abandoned, forgotten and lost objects, the artist creates a new landscape, a land(e)scape, which by its absence suggests presence to us. The objects are elevated to the status of icons. By discovering them one by one, the spectator has access to the intimacy of those people. He can meet them, see them and hear them. He is overwhelmed with emotions. Forgetfulness does not occur because history is written through Lisa Kohl’s photographic language.