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Nature & Photography: Simone Nieweg

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Simone Nieweg, a pupil of renowned German photographer Bernd Becher, began her journey at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in the 1980s. The artist focused on the intersection of human and nature-utilised places, exploring the aesthetics of unplanned space. Now, Nieweg presents a retrospective at Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, in an exhibition that brings together 40 years' worth of work, spanning gardens, meadow and farmland. We look at the show below.
 
 
 
 
Nieweg captures the elements of arable land: alternative allotments, pieces of meadow and plowed fields in winter. She sheds light on the untameable, giving rise to a kind of nature that exceeds its cultivation. In one photograph, a yellow pumpkin appears in full bloom, carefully supported by a sturdy pole and base underneath its verdant foliage. 
 
 
 
 
In another image we see a greenhouse fitted with a structural steel grid, covered with sheets of plastic insulation. The wooden door, left ajar, permits a viewer to see the inner lining of the curved structure. We’re shown what it means to hold something in, to shield it from the elements, reinforcing its integrity and purpose. Nieweg possesses an inward-looking lens that invites viewers to a covert, special space. 
 
 
 
 
As curator Heinz Liesbrock writes: “When nature is worked with simple hand-held tools, the traces of man’s labour take on a special immediacy.” Nieweg presents sites and scenes that have been lovingly and attentively planned. We’re reminded of the possibilities of living in and with our environment, cultivating our gardens with care.
 
 
 

   
 
 
 
 
All images courtesy of © Simone Nieweg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.
 
 

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The Aesthetics of Unplanned Space ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Simone Nieweg, a pupil of renowned German photographer Bernd Becher, began her journey at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in the 1980s. The artist focused on the intersection of human and nature-utilised places, exploring the aesthetics of unplanned space. Now, Nieweg presents a retrospective at Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, in an exhibition that brings together 40 years' worth of work, spanning gardens, meadow and farmland. We look at the show below. Nieweg captures the elements of arable land: alternative allotments, pieces of meadow and plowed fields in winter. She sheds light on the untameable, giving rise to a kind of nature that exceeds its cultivation. In one photograph, a yellow pumpkin appears in full bloom, carefully supported by a sturdy pole and base underneath its verdant foliage.  In another image we see a greenhouse fitted with a structural steel grid, covered with sheets of plastic insulation. The wooden door, left ajar, permits a viewer to see the inner lining of the curved structure. We’re shown what it means to hold something in, to shield it from the elements, reinforcing its integrity and purpose. Nieweg possesses an inward-looking lens that invites viewers to a covert, special space.  As curator Heinz Liesbrock writes: “When nature is worked with simple hand-held tools, the traces of man’s labour take on a special immediacy.” Nieweg presents sites and scenes that have been lovingly and attentively planned. We’re reminded of the possibilities of living in and with our environment, cultivating our gardens with care. Read more » All images courtesy of © Simone Nieweg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Change email address / Leave mailing list
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