Jochen Lempert

1958 born in Moers
lives and works in Hamburg
1980-1988 studied biology at the Rheinishce Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universtität Bonn

1978-1989 film and filmperformance with experimental film group Schmelzdahin (i.e. "melt away") 

Jochen Lempert - World within worlds: "In the spatial presentations with photographic sequences and tableaux on walls by Jochen Lempert, one is immediately drawn into alternating close and distant perspectives. Lempert shows us what he sees through the camera, permitting us to participate in both his deliberate observations and chance impressions: photographic perspectives on the world with a particular interest in animals, their behaviour, forms, movements and habitats, and in our ambivalent, anthropomorfic projections onto animals.

Lempert shows his images in a provisional way; in unframed photographs whose materiality never recedes behind their subject. This represents an approach to nature that is equally phenomelogical and poetic, never forgetting our perspectives as observers, the medium, or the context of the presentation. His work and subjects are broad, from images we could discover for ourselves in everyday life, formation sof migratory birds in the sky, refelctions of that sky in car windows. There is in his work much material concerning the sea, sublime views of which carry us, in the imagination, far away from civilisation: for example mysterious marine phosphorescence and apparently breathing wave formations, into which our eyes can all too easily project animal forms, creating unities of weather, water and swarming creatures. Above all, Lempert plumbs the whole spectrum from quite everyday views, through curiosities to images of structures that tend towards complete abstraction.

In Lempert´s work, the desire to look is stimulated all the more. The desire to look and discover evokes a respectful attitude towards what is portrayed; towards the world of animality. Here one of Bataille´s concepts seems relevant: the possibility of a intimacy, an intimacy in the world, with animality, which does not neglect the historical, economic and political conditions of „coevolution“. Jochen Lempert´s work may certainly suggest this to us."

Extracted from a text by Eva Schmidt, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Siegen
(www.projectesd.com/data/artists/lempert/lempert_text_01.pdf)

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