Northbound ! Following this very credo, Olaf Otto Becker explored the Western coast of Greenland during several travels between 2003 and 2006, covering a total distance of nearly 4.000 kilometres. With an intentional reference to photographic expeditions of the 19th and 20th century, he captured the local arctic landscapes with a 8 x 10 large format camera. In voluntary solitude, the photographer nearly managed to reach the 75th Northern latitude at Melville Bay, armed with nothing but a dinghy.
The large-scale colour takes, which originated during the documentation of the life threatening coastal area, had been invariably photographed at night. Often, the pictures feature cultural relics of the Inuit, the region's indigenous people, which have been settling along the Greenland west coast for roughly one thousand years. Olaf Otto Becker's photographs fathom the deeply fragile relationship between human and nature in the outskirts of our world.
Olaf's exhibition kick starts the expansion of the trust's exhibition activities. Beginning in January 2009, the Alfred-Ehrhardt-Trust will be using the premises at Schönhauser Street, without the “Photography and Art Studies Beneficence”, which has found its own home for the photo archives. For the future, exhibitions featuring the works of Ehrhardt and his contemporaries will be shown, as well as more coeval photography and media art.
Olaf Otto Becker - northbound – Greenland 2003-2006
11 January to 15 March 2009
Opening Times :
We – Fr 14:00 – 18:00
Sa 12:00 – 18:00
Su 12:00 – 16:00