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Friederike Brandenburg

C/O Berlin

What remains after humans disappear and nature takes over? The photographs of Friederike Brandenburg take up this question. One of the dozen images in this show (all Untitled, and from the series “Zurückgelassen” [Left Behind], 2007–), shows a light blue car amid a sea of green; the vehicle is almost covered by ferns. On its left is a broadleaf tree, on its right a fat conifer. At first glance one almost misses the car, but upon closer examination it looks like a 1970s or ’80s model—in any case not a vehicle of recent vintage. The car is a modern-day memento mori.

Landscape here becomes a form of still life. Brandenberg’s pictures are so vivid that one can imagine the very stillness of the air. Another image is of a small wooden boat falling to pieces on a rocky shore. It is not a romantic rowboat, nor a racing yacht, but rather a boat seemingly designed for work and hauling things. The

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