ANJA MEIXNER – PHOTOART
My exhibition “He fell in the early morning red (Alexandra) – Homage to the tree / The Forest Within Me” with the spiritual dimension of forest, deals wistfully.
Forest is superior to me, I am part of forest, without forest there would be no breath.
Shown are works, on which no longer existing or endangered trees are to be seen, so to speak forest monuments, which I caught with my camera on my life path. On every journey through New Zealand, America, Asia, Australia and Europe, I no longer see the forests that I photographed deeply impressed 20 years ago. That’s when I realized that these photos are now monuments.
Memory of the forest that no longer exists today, that has been irretrievably lost or cleared, burnt, burnt like an island.
The Forest Within Me does not just mean my personal relationship to the tree. It shows how vital and deeply humanity is interwoven with the forest and, above all, the jungle. On Earth, there are only seven significant, contiguous jungle areas. Every day they shrink by many thousands of hectares due to human intervention.
The forest does not need man, but man needs the forest to breathe.
If you do not know the trees, you treat them all like firewood (proverb from Uganda).
Trees could teach us to surrender to the wind of life.
Instead, we are only able to use up the entertaining economic benefits of the forest destructively.
Inside the forest, there are an infinite number of ways in which trees group in their distances to each other and thus open paths or clearings for humans. The number of trees and how they are set up in relation to each other is so great that we as human beings are in contact with our physical extent in the interior of the forest, not with the outside. The view is distorted. The forest must be so big that it has us all, that we have to make some effort until we have left it again. Then you can talk about another time in the forest, the forest time.
In comparison, if it is just a group of trees, then in a group of trees we are visually and emotionally in contact not only with the trees, but also with the open environment.
Some of my pictures are completely unedited. The others try to use the computer’s means to reflect this personal relation to the tree as individuals, but also trees in the multitude of the forest. It is the Forest Within Me that I come from.
born 1966 in Germany
Meixner is living in Würzburg Germany and Sydney Australia
during her studies at Cologne University, Meixner discovered the media film and photography, stimulated by her social work with gypsy kids, who were not allowed to go to school to learn to read and write
After her masters degree in Anthropology, Meixner is convinced that you can come closer to any conclusions about a foreign culture or rather the human conditions through the methods of the arts. She is doing a lot of courses in film and photography at famous universities such as Göttingen, Rockport, Maine, at AFTRS, the Australian Film- and Televisionschool in Sydney, the ACP, Australian Center for Photography and Nida. Set photographer at aftrs. Her favourite topics are the complexity of gender, the estrangement of the human being from nature and from oneself; the ambiguity of the representation of power and its fragility; the production of life as a big party; in this process she takes photos of landscape and cities which are reminders of paintings of romanticism. Since 20 years Meixner is showing digital artwork of highly intense imagination and deepness at several galleries in Germany and Australia.