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    Field work, not as an archeologist but as a photographer, is a requirement of the quest and a part of the paradox to find explanations for everything

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Cleo Wächter (Berlin, 1993) acts as a romantic scientist, a poet rhyming with facts. She is curious, full of hope and searches forever. Her photographs show astonishment and found knowledge. She studied Documentary Photography at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague.

"I photograph to explore and research the world around me on its histories and cultural values. Landscapes having a geological, archeological or astronomical meaning are subject of my attention. In my opinion ratio and emotion should work, not against, but with each other."

"The three fossils were found, by me, in the ENCI quarry in Maastricht. I made it a project to transform the factory site for nature. The area is one big excavation and geologically very interesting. The concept of time is here literally be seen on the surface. With each layer of soil you go back a bit in history. Photography for me is to do a means of research and found fossils can therefore be seen as part of field work. By printing them as kallitypie I wanted to make the subject more tangible. I also try to refer back to science. The paradox that we think we can explain everything will always be my greatest fascination."

Wächter lives and works in The Hague.

EXHIBITIONS & EDUCATION

EXHIBITIONS

2016
30 January - 21 February 2016, Group-exhibition, 'Undiscovered', WTC Art Gallery, Rotterdam
09 -15 January, Groupexhibition: The Photograduates, Hello + Crowdfunding, Bob Smit Gallery, Rotterdam

2015
23 November-08 January , ‘Researching the landscape’ is shown in ‘het Statenlokaal’, Tweede Kamer, The Hague
September- October, Solo-exhibition of a variety of series, WINDMAKERS, The Hague
July, Graduation Exhibition, 'Anthropocene’, ‘DEAR graduation’ show, Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague
April, Dear: ‘The printfactory’, Group Exhibition & Printsale, Melkweg Galerie, Amsterdam
February-March, Exhibition of my work ‘In transit’, AINSI-theatre, Maastricht

2014
January, Expo Transition, Group exhibition, former ministry of economic Affairs, The Hague

2013
September, group exhibition, commisioned by Sony, Unseen, Amsterdam

NOMINATION

2015, Unseen Dummy Awards

ARTIST TALK

2015, De Mus, Torpedo-theater, Amsterdam

INTERNSHIP

2014, January - June, Nicolai Howalt, Copenhagen

EDUCATION

2011-2015, Documentary Photography, Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague
2014-2015, Researchlab, Artistic Research Honoursprogramme led by Hans Scholten and Corinne Noordenbos, Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague
2013, Course Cultural representations and signifying practices, Leiden University

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Cleo Wächter (Berlijn, 1993) is romantisch wetenschapper, een poëet rijmend met feiten. Ze is nieuwsgierig, vol hoop en onderzoekt altijd. Haar beelden tonen verbazing en gevonden kennis. Cleo studeerde Documentaire Fotografie aan de Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten in Den Haag.

"De drie gepresenteerde fossielen heb ik zelf gevonden in de ENCI-groeve in Maastricht. Ik maakte daar een project over de transformatie van het fabrieks-terrein naar natuurgebied. Het gebied is één grote afgraving en geologisch erg interessant. Het concept van tijd is hier letterlijk aan de oppervlakte te zien. Met elke laag grond ga je een stukje terug in de geschiedenis. Fotografie is voor mij een middel om onderzoek te doen en de gevonden fossielen kun je dus zien als een onderdeel van mijn "veldwerk". Door ze als kallitypie af te drukken wordt het object tastbaarder. Ook verwijs ik terug naar de wetenschap. De paradox dat we alles denken te kunnen verklaren zal altijd mijn grootste fascinatie zal blijven."

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