Boris Eldagsen

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About

I am a photo media artist, investigating the mechanisms of the unconscious mind.

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I am a photomedia artist, investigating the unconscious mind. THE MIND IS A CURIOUS THING. Despite over 200 years of psychology, the unconscious remains as vague and powerful as the gods it emancipated itself from. As a reservoir of our past experiences, it stores urges and feelings that we rationally have no access to. However, some images can open these doors, trigger emotions and unlock memories. Using archetypes and symbolic acts, the work speaks the language of the unconscious and communicates on a dreamlike level. My visual poetry transports the viewer between the sublime and the uncanny – where the attributes of photography, painting, theatre and film unite. WORKING LIKE A MOTH I only work at night, with minimal equipment, an in-camera approach and without digital manipulation. Like a moth, I roam the streets searching for light, practicing what I have termed ‘Inverted Street Photography’: instead of exploring stories, a place or a person, I hijack and transform what I see in front of my camera into a symbol for the timeless workings of the mind. I also stage images with models to create a portrait of the Collective Unconscious. To develop ideas and impulses for the shoot, I map the overlapping areas of my unconscious and the model's. I am then guided by the dynamics of the shoot to move deeper down the rabbit hole.

education

  • 2013 | "Roger Ballen Masterclass", Photofestival Belfast (UK)
  • 2002 | "2.Staatsexamen (Art & Philosophy)", Berlin (DE)
  • 1992-98 | "Visual Art", Akademie für Bildende Künste Mainz (DE)
  • 1992-98 | "Philosophy", Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (DE)
  • 1995 | "Conceptual Art" & "Intermediate Studies" Academy of Fine Arts Prague (CZ)
  • 1994 | "Visual Art", Sarojini Naidu School of Performing Arts, Fine Arts & Communication, Hyderabad (IN)
  • 1991-92 | "Media & Drama", "Philosophy" and "German Studies" - Albertus-Magnus-Universität Cologne (DE)

institution (work experience):

  • 2016 - ongoing | PhotoWerkBerlin, Berlin (DE)
  • 2012-16 | Hochschule Furtwangen (DE)
  • 2008-10 | Photography Studies College, Melbourne (AU)
  • 2004-09 | The Centre for Ideas, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne (AU)
  • 2004-05 | Akademie für Bildende Künste, Mainz (DE)

selected awards:

  • 2015 | "Photography Show Award", FORMAT Festival Derby (UK)
  • 2013 | "Prix Voies Off", Arles (FR)

selected exhibitions / publications:

  • 2018-19 | Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi (IN)
  • 2017 | Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles (FR)
  • 2017 | Chobi Mela Festival, Dhaka / Bangladesh
  • 2016 | Singapore International Photography Festival (SG)
  • 2016 | Bundeskunsthalle Bonn (DE)
  • 2015 | Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen (NL)
  • 2015 | Format Festival, Derby (UK)
  • 2014 | Encontros da Imagem, Braga (PT)
  • 2014 | Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL)
  • 2011 | Moscow Museum of Modern Art (RU)
  • 2007 | Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney (AU)

personal website:

http://www.eldagsen.com

Artist Talk | Indian Photography Festival Hyderabad

Artist Talk | Indian Photography Festival Hyderabad

Artist talk, given at the Indian Photography Festival, Hyderabad, in September 2018.

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Eldagsen & Taolad | THE OTHER SIDE

Eldagsen & Taolad | THE OTHER SIDE

In the psychology of the mind, the Other refers to the unconscious side, to silence, insanity and God. With this work Berlin-based artist Boris Eldagsen and Dhaka-based artist Tanvir Taolad travel to outer limits: inside & outside, here & beyond, conscious & unconscious, heaven & hell. Their collaboration brings together Western and Eastern approaches of defining the deep unknown: Us. A blood drop in space. For this version of THE OTHER SIDE they bring together Western and Eastern approaches of defining two of the most central terms of our times: "WANT" and "NEED". How much do we really need? And how much do we want? And what happens if this drifts apart? Discussing this with psychologists and patients of closed psychiatric units, they developed the following images. Working purely from their archives, Eldagsen & Taolad use their experimental skills of fusing and condensing photographs to create images that dig deeper into the human condition. This is not a remix. It is an expedition into the memory of mankind, haunted by hope. Their collaborative work premiered with an installation at the Indian Photography Festival Hyderabad in September 2018 and was followed by [HOPE vs FEAR], a 360° site-specific installation at Kochi-Muziris Biennale in December 2018.

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Eldagsen - OTHER POEMS

Eldagsen - OTHER POEMS

REFRAMING THE UNCONSCIOUS MIND OTHER POEMS is a further development of the meta-series THE POEMS. Despite over 150 years of psychology, the unconscious remains as vague and powerful as the gods it emancipated itself from. As a reservoir of our past experiences, it stores urges and feelings that we rationally have no access to. However some images can open these doors, trigger emotions and unlock memories. Using archetypes and symbolic acts, Eldagsen’s work speaks to the language of the unconscious and communicates on a dreamlike level. His visual poetry transports the viewer between the sublime and the uncanny – where the attributes of photography, painting, theatre and film unite. The work is exhibited as site-specific installations with changing combinations of wallpaper, objects, photographs and video. Each new combination is called a LIMBO.

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