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in focus Galerie - Burkhard Arnold as Guest of the Michael Horbach Foundation

Ellen Bornkessel - "Embassy of Trees" + Scarlett Hooft Graafland - "Soft Horizons"

13 May to 27 May 2018
Opening on Sunday, 13 May 11 - 14 h
Opening hours:
13.05. - 27.05.2018: Wed + Fri 15:30 - 18:30 h, Sun 11 - 14 h

in the ART ROOMS of the
Michael Horbach Foundation
Wormser STR. 23
50677 Cologne
Ellen Beckettle - Embassy of Trees

The artist Ellen Bornkessel brings nature back to the city with "Embassy of Trees". They are an impressive reminder that only a green city is worth living in.

Our cities are growing. The limited space becomes a scarce resource. Economic interests face people's need for peace and clean air. Ellen Bornkessel gives the trees their own voice in this field of tension.

With an installation at Cologne Cathedral, the project "Embassy of Trees" started, which includes art, lectures and performances. Like any diplomatic representation, the'Message of Trees' develops the relationship between two worlds; here between the city and the forest. Bornkessel explains: "As an artist I would like to set a clear example. That's why I founded the "Embassy of Trees". She appeals to us humans to reconcile with nature, to work for climate protection and to plant trees now. The wildness, power and beauty of nature, which is returning to the city with this project, is also a plea for more liveliness, diversity and beauty in our lives.

Scarlett Hooft Graafland - Soft Horizons

Scarlett Hooft Graafland often creates magical photographic images in remote areas of the world, e.g. in high salt flats in Bolivia, remote farmhouses in Iceland, beaches in Yemen, Madagascar or polar regions, but also in the Dutch village of Gorinchem. Her works touch on important themes such as the disappearance of traditional cultures and the fragility of nature. Nevertheless, her works always seem light, colourful and surreal.

In these specific landscapes Scarlett Hooft Graafland uses strictly choreographed performances to create living scenarios in which local problems are addressed and the empty, surreal landscape becomes the refrain of a tragic comedy that quietly comments on the theme. Weeks of preparation, during which she works closely with the residents, precede her work. Her photographs are taken only with her analogue camera and natural light, without any digital manipulations.
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