Faded colors, geometric shapes, tiles, and concrete. We see two contrasting close-ups – that appear alike all the same. And yet, these views depict two completely antithetic cities. Leuze’s project “BERLIN – SEOUL an abstract comparison” is part of an ongoing project focused on the habitat of modern metropolises. By contrasting the completely disparate capitals of Berlin and Seoul from a range of seemingly mundane perspectives, he dissolves the boundaries between eastern and western cultures.
Against this background, his chosen medium of photographic reduction seems to negate the obvious differences and inherent variety of cultural and geographic environments.
According to Martin Leuze himself, his selection of visual pairs followed a purely subjective process. Yet to involve his audience in the overall notion of an active visual dialog, the exhibition will also offer several small prints, ready to be combined by visitors on site. The entire process will be documented and presented online after the exhibition.
Opening SEOUL on Tuesday, February 25th, 8pm.
Exhibition runs 25 Feb – 5 Mar, Mon-Sat 10am–11pm at Platoon Kunsthalle, Gangnam-gu, Nonhyeon-dong 97-22, Seoul
Opening BERLIN on Friday, March 28th, 8pm.
Exhibition runs 28 Mar – 5 Apr, Mon-Sat 12pm–8pm at Platoon Kunsthalle, Alte Schönhauser Allee 9, 10119 Berlin
Text: Vanessa Obrecht
All images including header: Martin Leuze