Piotr Nathan

Galerie Dorrie/Priess

Piotr Nathan, a 31-year-old native of Poland who has lived in West Germany since 1978, has attracted much attention with his unusual exhibitions. Most of these have been staged in out-of-the-way “nonspaces,” such as former factory premises or buildings waiting to be torn down. Nearly all of his objects and installations somehow refer to space. In 1985, in an empty house near Hamburg’s railroad station, he put on Ein in Elle verlassenes Haus (A house abandoned in haste). This was an attempt to reconstruct the story of the family that had left this place, to look for their shadows and capture them pictorially. First he cut out their silhouettes from old family photos, which he traced onto wallpaper that matched the pattern on the walls; then he cut out these wallpaper figures, which he attached to the wall with just enough of a gap between them and the wall so that they cast shadows around

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