HANS VON SCHANTZThe Volume
The concept behind this exhibition is a simple one.
For the past five years, I have been digitally preserving the body of work I have created over my 30-year career. In that time, I have had the opportunity to bring forth 15 distinct collections, many of which remain unfinished or, for one reason or another, are yet to see the light of day.
It occurred to me that I might bring my works together in the form of a book, clearly structured and carefully laid out. Given that a project of this breadth and depth was not going to be an obvious fit with traditional modes of publishing, and as I was unwilling to compromise on what I wanted to achieve, I chose to bring out an edition comprising just one, unique, copy.
As it would not have been feasible to do justice to the full scope of an introspective collection such as this within the gallery setting, this exhibition focuses on a few carefully chosen pages from the end of the book that offer viewers a cross-section of the themes it explores.
In the past three decades, I have completed many photography projects, using a number of different techniques and covering a wide variety of topics, that continue to reflect my efforts to make sense of the reality around me.
All the same, time is a great leveller. Everything you see on display in this exhibition has been witnessed through my gaze and sifted through my mind, and as these events recede in time, they become memories, lined up, one next to the other, open to observation and scrutiny, all part of a greater whole.
As I was planning this exhibition, I decided to focus on a choice of topics that seem particularly relevant to me; on symbols of religion, or of belief, to be more precise, on references to ethnic themes, and on imagery that relies on repetition, geometry and natural phenomena for its impact.
Hans v. Schantz