Nina Fischer and Maroan El Sani

Galerie EIGEN + ART | Berlin

NINA FISCHER AND MAROAN EL SANI practice a strange sort of detective work. The German artists, who have been working together in Berlin since 1993 (exclusively so since 1994), are fascinated with what remains of people after they have disappeared. In the past, they have used high-frequency cameras to photograph electromagnetic fields in houses, once considered a means of capturing the “aura” of former inhabitants. Although their methods are scrupulous, the artists do not collect these traces in order to reconstruct the past. Unlike real detectives or even historians, they are evidently content to search without the hope of a find.

Michelangelo Antonioni's 1960 film L'Avventura provides an appropriate starting point for the pair's most recent investigations, an impressive series of eighteen black-and-white photographs of Lisca Bianca, the island off the Sicilian coast that served as a central

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