Berlin-based artist Boris Eldagsen was born in Pirmasens, Germany in 1970. He studied visual arts at the Academies of Art in Mainz and Prague; the Sarojini Naidu School in Hyderabad, India and philosophy at the Universities of Cologne and Mainz. In 2013 he participated in a Roger Ballen Masterclass, was awarded the Prix Voies Off, Arles and became a member of Deutsche Fotografische Akademie.
His work has shown internationally in institutions and festivals including Fridericianum Kassel, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, CCP Melbourne, ACP Sydney, EMAF Osnabrück, MAK Wien, Edinburgh Art Festival, Encontros da Imagem Braga, Format Festival Derby, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, WRO Media Art Biennale Wroclaw, Biennale Le Havre and Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth.
Eldagsen has lectured at Akademie für Bildende Künste, Mainz; Hochschule Furtwangen; Fotografie Forum Frankfurt; Westlicht Wien; New Media Scotland and the following institutions in Melbourne, Australia: Centre for Contemporary Photography, Photography Studies College, RMIT University, Monash University, and the Victorian College of the Arts.
how to disappear completely / THE POEMS
Boris Eldagsen’s night photography explores the limits of depiction. Rather than exploring stories, a place or a person, his work hijacks and transforms the external reality, to paint a reality beyond time and space: that of the unconscious.
Not unlike Goethe’s Faust, Eldagsen pursues “whatever holds the world together in its inmost folds” to create pictures that are inaccessible to the rational mind, compelling the viewer to turn to their own memories and feelings. Thus he calls his photographs POEMS.
Working in this paradoxical way, Eldagsen can hardly be attributed to a school of photography. Without excessive materials or digital effects, he combines the techniques of street and staged photography to create images that sit between painting, film and theatre. Transferring this quality to the presentation of his work, he creates site-specific installations using a variety of formats from wallpaper to video to create an experience in which reality becomes fluid and visitors can walk through images into an inner space.