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Simone Kappeler "Nussbaumersee", 2007

For more than 30 years, Simone Kappeler has used various analogue photographic techniques to examine the atmospheric sensitivities of the people and landscapes she encounters on journeys both short and long. In doing so she creates universal images that are familiar to us from our own lives.

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Nussbaumersee, 24.9.2007, analogue colour photography on Ilfochrom paper, 120 x 180 cm / © Simone Kappeler

The visual world of "Nussbaumersee" sinks into a deep red from the use of analogue infrared film. The image is named after the location where the photo on which it is based was taken: the Nussbaumersee, a lake in Kleinandelfingen. However, the red colour indicates that this photography rejects to be a representation of reality. Kappeler modified the image's hue so that we can renew and readjust our vision and our idea of reality. 

The figure of a person sunbathing by the lake originated from a particular moment, but at the same time is snatched from the current of time in a strange manner. It is no longer a matter of a specific occurrence, but instead conveys much more of a feeling of a late summer afternoon which we all could have experienced at one time or another.

Kappeler has been making photographs throughout her entire life. By experimenting with different film and various cameras, and giving the discolourations, blurriness and distortions a voice with the photographic material, she increases the variety and complexity of the vision and experience. The results are poetic, even trance-like images. Time and place are not specified. The images hold a magical timelessness, even a certain universality. Simone Kappeler shows with her images how photography is not simply the ability to hold on to a certain moment, but instead how a subjective feeling or memory can be expressed.


About the artist

Simone Kappeler was born in Frauenfeld in 1952. Between 1972 and 1976 she studied German and art history at the University of Zurich and then started training in the photography classes at the Zurich School of Arts and Crafts (today the ZHdK). In addition to participating in numerous group exhibits, her work has been shown in solo exhibits at the Kunsthalle Winterthur in 2004 and the Museum zu Allerheiligen in Schaffhausen in 2011.