short visual stories

Nicolas Dhervillers – ‘Hommages’

Nicolas Dhervillers’s series ‘Hommages’ – a combination of his monumental landscapes with characters from canvases of great painters from Nicolas Poussin and Gustave Courbet to Frank Cowper in paying tribute to their work and giving them a new spiritual existence into a modern surreal setting.

Nicolas Dhervillers - Hommages

Nicolas Dhervillers – Hommages


”In grandiose compositions, Nicolas Dhervillers exalts the vision of a man immersed in the heart of lush. Its isolation in the sine qua non of its development. Tributes thus refers to the romantic myth of abandonment and the quest itself. Paradoxically, the extras seem to have a moment of idleness in this ideal landscape, yet they embody many souls in search of identity”.


Caitriona Dunnett – ‘Mass Paths’

Caitriona Dunnett’s series ‘Mass Paths’ – landscapes of the Irish countryside in hunting for traces of people who walked the paths during penal times to reach illegal mass, in her attempt to investigate history and memory, and capture their stories of resilience, courage and commitment.

Caitriona Dunnett - Mass Paths

Caitriona Dunnett – Mass Paths


“The Penal Laws were imposed on Catholics in Ireland in 1695 and religion was prohibited. The Church was kept alive by operating under great secrecy. My aim is to visually unearth the history behind these paths and the people who walked them. The locations of these sites were passed on by word of mouth… I spent years researching…

I have been experimenting with converting the digital photographs of my walks into contact negatives, creating and then toning cyanotypes, opening up a dialogue between photography, painting and etching. I am engaged by how this multi-layered process echoes that of a landscape which has been coated over the years by the complexities and tensions of politics, society, religion and people.”


Stefanie Schneider – ‘Oilfields’

Stefanie Schneider’s Polaroid series ‘Oilfields’ – “connotes both the notion of the frontier and the adventurous mentality of the West, and a kind of horizontal understanding of landscape that is so quintessential about the West. While it circumscribes the West’s idiosyncratic historical and physical manifestations, it also stands for a concept that is slowly fading into the past as a new era emerges.”

Stefanie Schneider - Oilfields

Stefanie Schneider – Oilfields


Stefanie Schneider started working with Polaroid film in 1996 when she found cheap expired film and since that moment she never stopped creating pictorial photo narrative artworks with this vanishing medium. Fortunately she still has enough in stock to continue exploring the variable possibilities of chance and the stories it unfolds.


Sacha Goldberger – ‘Super Flemish’

Sacha Goldberger’s series ‘Super Flemish’ – a collection of portraits of modern heroes and fantasized characters from our childhood captured with the 17th century Flemish painting techniques counterpointing light and shadow.

“What if Superman was born in the 16th century? And what if the Hulk was a Duke? How might Van Eyck have portrayed Snow White?

Fiction and fantasy meet history of art, and time meets an inexhaustible desire for mythology which is within each of us… Under the patina of time, these images allow us to discover an unexpected melancholy of those who are to be invincible”

Perhaps because after all they are undeniably human?

Sacha Goldberger - Super Flemish

Sacha Goldberger – Super Flemish


Sara Friedlander – ‘Bound and Determined’

Sara Friedlander’s series ‘Bound and Determined’ – “by collaging several original photographic images into an imaginary vignette and then painting between and around the photographs, I could materialize a moment-in-time experience that draws the viewer into multiple realities at once. I call this time-lapsed photo-surrealism.

Sara Friedlander - Bound and Determined

Sara Friedlander – Bound and Determined


By necessity, our brain filters out the barrage of images, patterns and designs which surround us. My goal as an artist is to bring into focus the beauty that the camera can record in a split second, despite our mind’s need to absorb and quickly decipher all this incoming information. Using paint I can connect several images into a single moment-in-time experience for the viewer.”


Yang Yongliang – ‘The Peach Blossom Colony’

Yang Yongliang’s series ‘The Peach Blossom Colony’ – an idyllic society in a state of equality and romanticism, residing an illusional and reconstructed settings based on modern reality as a hopeless despair of the lost symbolic carrier of spirituality.

“As modern society rapidly develops, materialism and consumerism gradually corrodes and takes over the world of spirituality, whereas the same concrete buildings and constructions keep replacing the natural green forests. With the human moral standards degraded and corroded by materialistic desires, I believe that this “Land of Peach Blossoms” exists just the same in the subconsciousness of those city-dwellers today who are still in touch with their conscience.”

Yang Yongliang - The Peach Blossom Colony

Yang Yongliang – The Peach Blossom Colony


The idea is based on Tao Yuan Ming’s fable ‘The Tale of the Peach Blossom Colony’ written in 421. It tells a story of a chance discovery by a fisherman of an ethereal utopia where the people lead an ideal existence in harmony with nature, unaware of the outside world for centuries. The road to it was surrounded by blossoming peach trees and covered by peach petals.

The series started in 2008 and took the artist over three years to develop. He portrayed his ‘ancient literati’ dressed in plain clothes to avoid any apparent distinction in class, ranks, wealth or poverty as well as time period, space, and cultural boundaries.

“When viewed from a distance one sees a harmonious and quiet scene, when viewed closely one sees that it is filled with visual disorders of time and space. When one observes at a close distance one would find a lot of metaphorical elements of mechanics and modernization are hidden in the painting. The appearance of these elements immediately shatters the perceived atmosphere of peace and quietness, and produces a tension in the image right away. The originally harmonious elements have experienced a dramatically contrasting change, implying the connections and conflicts between these elements. The emergence of these contradictions expresses my all-time message and reflections on the conflicts between modern constructions and ecology, and between traditional culture and modern lifestyle.”


Barbara Luisi – ‘Pearls,Tears Of The Sea’

Barbara Luisi’s series ‘Pearls, Tears of the Sea’ – beautiful emotional stories about the irretrievable moments, told through the melody of eternity.

Barbara Luisi - Pearls,Tears Of The Sea

Barbara Luisi – Pearls,Tears Of The Sea


“The  idea  for  ‘Pearls,  tears  of  the  sea’  came  to  me  on  the  seashore at Camogli after a night during which the waves roared  in  and  a  wild  storm  raged.  Next morning I went for a walk along the churned-up beach and was amazed. So  much  had  been  washed  up  on  the  beach,  wood, seaweed,  sea  urchins,  all  kinds  of  flotsam.  I took off the pearl I was wearing round my neck and laid it among all these mysterious treasures that had been revealed by the sea. It seemed as if it had always belonged there. Queen of the spume. The project was born.”

The series is published in a photography book with a CD of classical music performed and recorded in Vienna with her friends Jane Henschel, Christoph Prégardien, Herbert Lippert and others, and her husband, the orchestra director Fabio Luisi, at the piano.


Ali Rajabi – ‘The Land of Silence’

Ali Rajabi’s series ‘The Land of Silence’ – moon, desert and stone skyscrapers – a place where you become part of the silence.

Ali Rajabi - The Land of Silence

Ali Rajabi – The Land of Silence


“The collection of The Land of Silence is an exclusive experience to spend a night in autumn with overhead clouds of unique character in Shahdad Desert. Experience during which these huge and solid rocks turn on and off in an unbelievable way. Once you look around in horizon you witness one rock standing Alight and the other in the Dark. Deep thoughts are of no use.  Boundaries between Illusion and Scientific understanding have faded away.

Images of this collection appear as dream in reality and that I am not certain whether this has taken place. Whatever it is, It has surrounded my thoughts and SOUL far and miles Deep into my very Existence.”


Matthew Brandt – ‘Lakes and Reservoirs’

Matthew Brandt’s series ‘Lakes and Reservoirs’ – calendar-like landscape photographs processed by soaking the C-type print over a period of time in water collected from the depicted lakes, in an experimentation of creating a photograph as an image and an art object, and searching for the connection between real and visualized.

Matthew Brandt - Lakes and Reservoirs

Matthew Brandt – Lakes and Reservoirs


“I go get the photographs, get the water, I make the print and then it just sort of sits in water. It feels a little bit like being a farmer, like cultivating crops or something… I’ve always been into the labor-intensive nature of photography … But that’s why I like it. I like the pathos of it.”

Published in a book by Damiani/Yossi Milo.


Dag Alveng – ‘I Love This Time of Year’

Dag Alveng’s series ‘I Love This Time of Year’ – multi-exposure photographs from New York streets interweaving time and space of metropolis like a quantum kaleidoscope with infinite variations of urban reality. Constructed in aesthetic symmetrical cross formed rotations, these photographs broaden the perception and ability to recognize the modern world and focus on the possibilities that acquired special meaning as an individual piece of reality.

Dag Alveng - I Love This Time of Year

Dag Alveng – I Love This Time of Year