Winners 2022 > Nicole & Claus-Peter Malek

Nicole & Claus-Peter Malek

Contradiction - stillness & movement

Contrasting images in harmony

Two artists | One project.

Yin Yang | Together for themselves.

These are two states that condition and exclude each other. Something that is at rest cannot be in motion at the same time. However, in the ideal case, rest and movement are alternating. Dance lives from movement just as much as from rest, pausing, recharging the batteries, tensing up before the next leap, the next explosion of energy that overwhelms the viewer. To portray both, the vibrant energy, but also the powerful calm is the goal of this exhibition. 

Yin, the feminine, dark and heavy part is represented by photographs on heavy black glass or black coated aluminium (tintypes). Silvery still lifes, sad and deep, relaxed and thoughtful. Yang, the masculine part, is portrayed as bright and spirited with many outbursts of emotions such as anger, jealousy and love. Bright subjects in motion, dancers, yoga instructors or impressions from nature. This energy is captured in analog on medium and large format, the works are hand prints on baryte paper, framed with antireflective museum glass. 

About the artists:
We are each other’s greatest fans, muses, inspirations and critics. Neither of us can say we exist on our own. The tension, familiarity and serenity that characterizes our relationship are part of our art. Through our exchanges and collaborations, we continually energize each other.

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