Fernweh

Longing to Travel

Fernweh. Tacita Dean. 2009.

Fernweh. Tacita Dean. 2009.

“Fernweh is an improbable landscape made of cliffs, forest and dunes. I created it from four small discoloured nineteenth century photographs that I found in flea markets some time ago. The craggy horizon is a famous outcrop, called Sächsische Schweiz – Saxony’s Switzerland, which is near Dresden. The foreground is unknown sand and scrub.
Finding a path amongst the vegetation and boulders of the photographic distortions, I imagined Goethe’s voyage to Italy, particularly his parcours south of Rome on his way to Naples.

‘Fernweh’ is discontinued parlance for a longing to travel, an aching to get away. Different, I imagine, from ‘Wanderlust’, which is a more spirited desire to be in the landscape.

It is the etymological opposite of the German word, ‘Heimweh’, which means homesickness. We do not have a single word in English for this more considered desire to be gone. This work should be approached through its title.” Tacita Dean

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Tents, Beach, Sunrise, Watermelons

Four beautiful photographs to sum up one beautiful weekend:

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Alex Hartley

On the Beach. Richard Misrach.

On the Beach. Richard Misrach. 2004.

The Green Ray from The Sun Quartet. Tacita Dean. 2001

The Green Ray from The Sun Quartet. Tacita Dean. 2001

Cats and Watermelons.  Gabriel Orozco. 1992.

Cats and Watermelons. Gabriel Orozco. 1992.