Alexandra Navratil, ‘Bitterfeld’, 2017, Dan Gunn

A new series of black epoxy reliefs, made from the imprint of leaves, stones, twigs, bark, berries, nuts and flowers collected around the Silbersee lake in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, which was the most chemically
polluted area in Germany by the 1990s due to the contamination from the adjacent industries and the AGFA-ORWO film factory over a long time. Today's gathered plants still carry the diluted sediments of these former contaminations. The reliefs are finished individually with an applied silver nitrate solution that transforms them into oversized three-dimensional abstract photographic plates,
speculating on the possibility of a photosensitive landscape that registers all past and future memories of the fractured land.

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