Six framed pigment prints, 118 × 64.8 cm
Sign systems and their rewriting are a leitmotif of the photographer Natalie Czech. She manipulates and pho- tographs texts or translates written material into pictorial compositions. This process creates a new way of reading a text or an image, and thereby directs the viewer’s at- tention to the poetry already contained within the source material. The starting point for Czech’s contribution to AMOUR is, as the title of the six-part photographic work A poem by repetition by Eugen Gomringer 2 reveals, a poem by Eugen Gomringer. The Switzerland-based poet is considered the founder of concrete poetry. For her piece, Czech photographed plastic bags in the United States after she removed the word “Thank“ in „Thank You”, which is commonly found on them, creating an era- sure poem to mimic Gomringer’s original text. Each “You” is a different color, corresponding to the original poem. On the wall of the exhibition space, next to the original work, states in pencil:
About the artist
Natalie Czech edits and expands found texts and images to add a personal level of meaning. The photographer lives and works in Berlin. Her latest solo exhibitions were at the Heidelberger Kunstverein (2017) and the Palais de Tokyo (2014) in Paris.