Going back in time and the Silk Road

Photographer Renate Graf's exhibition "Going Back in Time and the Silk Road" is welcoming visitors at Ankara CerModern, in a joint program organized by the Institut Français Ankara, the embassies of France and Austria, and CerModern.

"This exhibition is the artist's call to Turkey, France and all other governments and citizens to act together," said Hervé Magro, ambassador of France to Turkey, in the opening of the exhibition.

"The talent of Francophone photographer Renate Graf, who has lived in Paris for many years, takes us on a journey that questions the lack of change in time, space, settlements and landscape. Regardless of the time or place, the photographs of a journey taken in the past remain familiar; the natural and spiritual landscapes of Central Asia date back to today's Anatolia. This continuance, however, is fragile. Graf attracts the attention of the observer by bringing them into confrontation with the challenges of the climate and environmental change, breaking the serene assurance of the sustainability of one's journey."

Graf is widely acclaimed for her powerful studies, which can be described as a poetic form of documentation in which the image wavers on the edge of language. Indeed, it was her passion for literature and poetry that prompted Graf to devote her life to photography.

Her reading of authors such as Fernando Pessoa, Rainer Maria Rilke, Tagore, T. S. Eliot, Edmond Jabès, Paul Valéry and Hermann Broch called forth images in her mind that she sought to capture through photography. Cinema also plays an important role in the artist's work, with such directors as Wim Wenders, Jean-Luc Godard, Werner Herzog, Visconti and Andrei Tarkovsky all being important references in her bringing of images into existence...

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