February 23 — March 15, 2008
MARGARETE JAKSCHIK has been drawn for years to the popular American iconography of urban symbols, archetypal interiors and music scenes. In her last individual exhibition at Galerie Gisela Capitain “Pardon my heart” (the title adopted from a 1975 Neil Young song) the artist lived for a while in Los Angeles with the intention to search for the remnants of the ‘bohemia de luxe’ of the 1970s, capturing a spirit that vanished for all times. But what happened in JAKSCHIK’S photos really are not the representation of the glamorous city but the very declaiming of its notoriety. “The images seem to have come about by accident, and yet they tell the story of an era of dissolution – and they tell it with great precision.” (Noemie Smolik, Artforum, Nov 2006).
WHEN WAS IT EVER LIKE IT IS NOW shows a series of images that denote more than ever before layers of past time and dissonant places, they embrace a sense of exquisite mourning, and explore the edges of photography itself.