Jochen Lempert’s approach to photography questions not only the natural world but the very order of looking. Initially trained as a biologist, Lempert’s work investigates the boundaries between the natural world and the anthropomorphic landscape. He photographs plants, animals, and other natural phenomena with both scientific acumen and a poetic appreciation of natural beauty. Lempert compiles his findings in a vast archive of images covering an ample spectrum, from common everyday views, to compositions that tend towards abstraction. This interest in the natural world as a subject has been further complemented by his exploration of the properties and materiality of the photographic image. Lempert dismantles the scientific approach by creating maps and visual taxonomies based on the juxtaposition of anthropomorphized nature and animal life, depicting a sort of new hybrid life form.
Both Società delle Api’s residencies in Kastellorizo (GR) and Grasse (FR) offer a very peculiar ecosystem, by means of interaction between wild nature and overwhelming manmade infrastructures. Both are place where to observe new endemic breeds and habitats, which have been deeply affected by human impact, history and behaviour. The residency will be based on a visual inquiry of these peculiar landscapes and their forms of life and it will result in a series of photographs and a publication.
Jochen Lempert (born in Moers, Germany, 1958) lives and works in Hamburg, Germany. Recent solo exhibitions include Izu Photomuseum, (Japan 2016-2017), Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery (Canada, 2016), Between Bridges (Berlin, 2016) Cincinnati Art Museum (USA, 2015), Hamburger Kunsthalle (Germany, 2013), Lulu (Mexico City, 2013), Midway Contemporary Art (USA, 2012), Rochester Art Center (USA, 2012), Museum Ludwig (Germany, 2010), Culturgest (Portugal, 2009). His works are included in public collections, such as Museum Folkwang (Germany), Museum Ludwig (Germany), Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Germany), “La Caixa” Collection (Spain), Centre national des arts plastiques (France), and Huis Marseille, Museum voor Fotografe (Netherlands). In 2014, he was nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize.