‘In an effort to emphasize the inevitable interaction of these two concepts, German photographer Andreas Mühe chose to link the ‘Pathos‘ and ‘Distance‘ in the title of this book with the conjunction ‘as‘ – “Pathos as Distance“. Not in the sense of a comparison, as in ‘as tasty as an apple’, but rather as a transformation of one concept into the other and their mutual dependency. Pathos becomes distance, and this distance becomes a precondition that allows for pathos.’
The photographs by Andreas Mühe are accompanied by excerpts from the novel 1913 ‘The Year before the Storm’ by Florian Illies.
“1913 reminded me a little bit of our here and now. This unburdened and rather easy-going lifestyle right before World War One breaks out – [the start of the war] completely surprising, but very predictable at the same time. It is similar to our way of closing our eyes and us trying to ignore what’s obviously happening around us. It’s all good but it’s not. Like nobody feels the catastrophe coming. I sometimes get the feeling that we do not realize the disconcerting situation these days, neither politically nor socially. Refugees, political struggles, religious issues, parallel societies. Us looking away, us ignoring the signs. It’s all part of our daily lives.”