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The Matter of Absence

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The Matter of Absence

The art of Florian Hetz is provocative and stirs up controversy. His explicit imagery on the one hand and his approach of showing by not showing on the other hand make his work unique.

 

Through photography, Hetz explores the human body, the beauty in the ugly, and the ugliness in beauty. As his most important sense, he describes seeing since an eye disease runs in his family that might eventually cause him to lose his eyesight. “I suppose that knowing you might lose something makes it more precious to you,” Hetz explains.

 

About the book

 

The book The Matter of Absence is Hetzʼs first publication, released in the art book series Portfolio1000 as a limited edition of 1000 copies. Body parts like in a peep show, caught in an action, caught in a singular moment. Seemingly familiar, and yet very random: Due to the lack of identity, due to the anonymity, it could be the high school crush, the neighbor, the priest, the ex lover, the best friend, or the online flirt.

 

By showing very little of the surrounding, the close-ups offer a wide field of storytelling. The narrative happens rather in the head than on the photo. What leads to that particular moment becomes equally important as the moment itself. The absence of identity in times of selfies.

 

Designer Stefano Pilati puts it like this: “In his authenticity, Hetzʼs talent maniacally explores the moment between the photographer—as artist, witness, obsessive—and the subject. He interprets the body as a quintessential sex object through simple, domestic gestures, producing a body of work that is far removed from the spirit of ‘entertainment’ and ‘staging’ in current forms of social-media visualizations.”

 

Artist Statement

absence: a state or condition in which something expected, wanted, or looked for is not present or does not exist

— merriam-webster

 

body parts like in a peep show, caught in an action, caught in a singular moment. seemingly familiar, and yet very random: due to the lack of identity, due to the anonymity, it could be the high school crush, the neighbor, the priest, the ex lover, the best friend, or the online flirt.

by showing very little of the surrounding, the close-ups offer a wide field of storytelling. the narrative happens rather in the head than on the photo. what leads to that particular moment becomes equally important as the moment itself.

the absence of identity in times of selfies.

 

Foreword by Stefano Pilati

 

it would be all too easy to draw simple conclusions about the work of florian hetz. finding superficial references, connecting it to his berlin environment or an explicit fetish.

i believe that the experience of engaging with his beautiful, original, anonymous representations of male subjects is a trajectory to the essence of “the instant”:  an immediacy—yet, one which the viewer is unlikely to find anywhere else—rather expressed by surfacing the “unknown” and interpreting the seductive element of the “known.”

in his authenticity, hetzʼs talent maniacally explores the moment between the photographer—as artist, witness, obsessive—and the subject. he interprets the body as a quintessential sex object through simple, domestic gestures, producing a body of work that is far removed from the spirit of “entertainment” and “staging” in current forms of social-media visualizations.

his is a powerful, non-conformist vision, a very contemporary form of romance, traced between the muted tones of the prints and the reality he sees before him.

in other terms, the work of florian hetz is a quest for honesty.

honest in its mission to seek and confront beauty in a very direct way, an embryonic body of work that seeks to possess its own voice.

Video

Music: ulrichbermsjo.com / sonymusic.se
Directed by: Florian Hetz
Camera & Post-production: GoldNSour

Zusätzliche Informationen

ISBN

9783959852098

Format

48 Seiten, Farbe, Hardcover, 24 x 32 cm

Jahr

2016

Marke

Portfolio1000

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