2016

Boris Eldagsen
How to Disappear Completely / THE POEMS


Boris Eldagsen’s night photography explores the limits of depiction. Rather than exploring stories, a place or a person, Eldagsen hijacks and transforms the external reality, to paint a reality beyond time and space: that of the unconscious.

Eldagsen’s seek creating photographers that are inaccessible to the rational mind, compelling the viewer to turn to their own memories and feelings, thus calling his photographs POEMS.

Working in this paradoxical way, Eldagsen can hardly be attributed to a school of photography. Without excessive materials or digital effects, he combines the techniques of street and staged photography to create images that sit between painting, film and theatre. Transferring this quality to the presentation of his work, he creates site-specific installations using a variety of formats from wallpaper to video to create an experience in which reality becomes fluid and visitors can walk through images into an inner space.

About the Artist
Boris Eldagsen (b. 1970, Germany) studied visual arts at both Academies of Art in Mainz and Prague; the Sarojini Naidu School in Hyderabad, India and philosophy at both Universities of Cologne and Mainz. In 2013, he participated in a Roger Ballen Masterclass, was awarded the Prix Voies Off, Arles. He is also a member of Deutsche Fotografische Akademie.

His work has also been shown internationally in the Athens Video Art Festival, Australian Centre for Photography, Biennale arts le havre, Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Edinburgh Art Festival, EMAF Osnabrück, Encontros da Imagem, Fridericianum Kassel, Videonale Bonn, WRO Media Art Biennale.

Eldagsen has also lectured at various institutions globally, such as the Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien (Austria), Hochschule Furtwangen University (Germany), New Media Scotland (United Kingdom), RMIT University (Australia) and Victorian College of the Arts (Australia).