“Vesuv, Venus” is a fragmentary story in pictures in the setting of the first large landscape park in mainland Europe, the Wörlitzer Park. In classically composed b/w photographs, there is a connection drawn to landscape painting and souvenir postcards – and the aspect of time is deliberately disguised. Winter follows spring, detail follows sequence, dream follows deconstruction.
Idyll is an illusion, the park an artificially created, dynamic scenery which has to be continuously maintained, renovated and ploughed. This becomes evident when looking at details such as railings, growing aids and the traces made by agricultural vehicles.
Artist book: 31,5 × 25 cm, 144 pages, Hardcover (Ed. of 24)
Pigment prints, different sizes (Ed. of 5)
Archive of historical postcards, prints and engravings
Current exhibition of “Vesuv, Venus” in the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz (Gesellschaft der Freunde des Dessau-Wörlitzer Gartenreiches / Zum Eichenkranz), 2018 © Roman Häbler.
Artist Book (Hardcover, 25 x 31,5cm, 144 pages)