The photo exhibition SCAN at the nüüd.berlin gallery shows works by the Croatian artist Deni Horvatić for the first time in Germany. In Horvatić's life-size photographs of scenes from everyday life, the artist removes the distance between the environment and the portrayed by choosing a particular perspective: Shot from below, the images hide as much as they reveal, denying the viewer a glimpse of the part of the body we most immediately associate with identity - the face.
Using a scanner-like camera, Deni Horvatić records his subjects in such a way that the viewer is offered a point of view that he literally shares with the sitter: I see you from exactly where you are. By removing the distance between the bodies, the portraits in the SCAN series fulfil the fantasy of a complete merging of the viewer and the seen, which is actually impossible. At the same time, Horvatić's chosen - sometimes fetish-like - motifs again create closeness and intimacy with the sitters. One thinks one is lying in bed with the closely entwined couple ("Bedroom 1/3") or sweating in the sauna oneself ("Sauna 3/10"). In the "Locker Room" you want to quickly gather your sports clothes or get into the bath yourself ("Bath 6/8"). The pain of the fallen cyclist ("Accident 5/6") is palpable and no one wants to get under the rotating blade of the lawn mower ("Accident 1/6").
Deni Horvatić: SCAN
3 June to 16. July 2022
Kronenstr. 18, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
Opening: 2 June 2022, 6 p.m.