Sofia Valiente – Foreverglades
DANIEL BLAU is thrilled to present Foreverglades – a major project by interdisciplinary artist Sofia Valiente. This project brings stories of the Glades and Florida’s pioneer history to new light through a series of contemporary photographs and published in a unique photobook.
 
Originally settled in 1925, the fertile Belle Glade region is a major agricultural center and played an often-overlooked role in the development of South Florida. The geography, folklore and cultural expression of the American frontier are most often associated with the West. With Foreverglades, Valiente draws our attention to a watery, verdant Southern frontier and the pioneer spirit that made an uninhabitable land home. ‘We were never meant to live in Florida’ says Valiente. ‘It was said they were buying land by the gallon!’
 
Valiente’s artistic work is driven and distinguished by lengthy periods of rigorous field research in which she lives within the communities she photographs. She has a remarkable ability to forge relationships across differences, building trust and producing intimate, moving portraits of people and the places they live in. She has resided in the Belle Glade area for five years and Foreverglades has emerged from this period of personal experience and research.
 
Valiente’s vibrant photographs are sensitively interwoven with the pages of a local history book, ‘Swamp to Sugar Bowl: Pioneer Days in Belle Glade’.
This 1968 book by Lawrence E. Will considers the history of the region from the late 19th century to the 1960s. By embedding her pictures within this existing text the artist posits history as an unfolding story and highlights enduring cultural traditions – such as the Harvest Queen beauty pageant that started in the 1940s and continues to this day.
 
The talents and interests that informed Foreverglades were already notable in 2014, when Valiente became one of the winners of our 5 Under 30 competition for young photographers with her project Miracle Village. Miracle Village saw the artist living among registered sex offenders in a rural Florida community, getting to know them and producing a body of photographs and a publication that incorporates handwritten testimonies from the residents.
 
We were honored to exhibit Miracle Village in 2014, and 2015 and she went on to receive the World Press Photo award for this project in 2015, among other prizes and fellowships. Foreverglades was awarded a prestigious Knight Arts Challenge Grant of $75,000 to support its production.
The conceptually and aesthetically rich Foreverglades book will inspire reflection beyond their specific South Florida context. This is an important artwork by an artist whose open mindedness and anthropological approach to artmarking are deeply impressive.
 
Carrie Foulkes, 2020
 
 
The book Foreverglades by Sofia Valiente
The book Foreverglades by Sofia Valiente
NASA, Apollo & Co

NASA, Apollo & Co

 

Exhibition: December 2, 2021 – February 8, 2022
 

11am – 6pm | mon – fri
Maximilianstraße 26, 80539 München

 
All images are available for purchase. Prices upon request. For further information please send an email to: contact@danielblau.com
 

 


Wasserspiele

It sparkles and shines; it absorbs light, and it casts light back with a unique, effusive clarity. Water is omnipresent.
 

Wasserspiele

It sparkles and shines; it absorbs light, and it casts light back with a unique, effusive clarity. Water is omnipresent. On a planetary scale it overwhelms us – it fills our oceans, weighs down the air around, wears the earth beneath our feet down and away into plunging gorges and vast canyons, and coats that earth again in crystal ivory when the air and earth turn frozen. On the microscopic scale it finds its way everywhere, dissolving and diluting, breaking nutrients down and conducting them onwards to feed the cells of plants and animals.

 
This elemental blend of two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen serves as home for countless species of organisms, ranging from the largest to the smallest forms of life on the planet. Because water can hold and carry things both living and lifeless, its purity varies dramatically, along with its best possible uses from one source to another.

 

Evaporation of water acts a magic cleanser, leaving solid impurities behind as the pure moisture is drawn into the skies, re-gathered in clouds and re-distributed across earth and ocean with the help of global air currents and crashing storms. Water’s immense power is central to local, national, and international political scuffles and decision-making processes. It has molded and will only continue to mold geography both physical and political, and, with it, the history of human life. Social systems and customs are intimately bound up with the availability of water, and there is no economy on earth that does not leverage its value or suffer from its scarcity. The physical record of water’s changing impact over the centuries and millennia often are found concealed underwater, in soil, jungles, and caves, luring anthropologists, just as journalists and storytellers are drawn to the fascinations of fire, flood, and hurricane, and the opportunity to weave new tales from the devastation and prosperity water can bring. Its influence in language, music, art, theater, and ritual ceremony and custom is nearly endless – think of Sumidagawa in classical Noh theater, of the rain dances of indigenous cultures worldwide, of Moby Dick or Rusalka (or The Little Mermaid!).

 

Water is the fundamental shapeshifter. It reflects color, catches light, flows, and freezes. Even as it turns predator to the unwary, it becomes artistic prey for photographers, filmmakers, and painters, seeking to capture the fleeting, spellbinding truths it contains, casts back, and carries away.

 

Text adapted from: https://magazine.libarts.colostate.edu/article/water-as-science-and-art/

 
 

 

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Other Diversions

 
Franz Schubert - Gesang der Geister über den Wassern Article 'Aqua Depicta' Fallingwater M.A. Thesis 'The Ocean in Moby Dick' Water Encyclopedia NASA Blue Marble Collection Ocean Waves Sounds Handel - Watermusic Trick Fountains Hellabrunn Turner's Sketchbooks, Drawings, Watercolors

Al Seib,
Al Seib, “City-style Water Sport”, July 1984, silver gelatin print on matte PE paper, with crop marks in red crayon, printed by July 14, 1984, 34,4 (35,5) x 23,7 (25,8) cm, © Al Seib, Daniel Blau, Munich
Louis Alphonse Poitevin

Louis Alphonse Poitevin

 

Poitevin – The Rediscovery of an Alchemist

Daniel Blau is pleased to present Louis Alphonse Poitevin: outstanding inventor, chemist,
engineer, researcher, artist and photographer.
For more than 35 years Poitevin (1819-1882) experimented with chemical and mechanical processes to make photographic images printable and durable. Poitevin recognized early on
how important photography would be to illustrate printed books. He developed the first applicable methods, the implementation of which made the printing of photographically
illustrated books possible in the first place. Presenting 47 rare photographs, this exhibition of Alphonse Poitevin’s work offers the opportunity for an in-depth view into some of his most prescient inventions in photography.
Poitevin is remembered today most for establishing the fundamental principles of four nonsilver process families: photolithography, collotype, dichromate relief systems, and the carbon pigment process. His inventions refined existing techniques and made the mechanical reproduction of images and thus, the illustration of printed books, possible.
 
The publication offers the unique opportunity to take a comprehensive look at the life and work of the famous pioneer of photography using a large number of different photographs
and the latest cutting-edge-technology research results. The volume brings together photographs and the results of experiments that provide a comprehensive insight into Poitevin’s work and place his achievements in both a technical and an art-historical context.
 
Alphonse Poitevin here at last receives some of the attention he deserves.
 
 
 

Available to order!

Editor:
Daniel Blau
Maximilianstr. 26
80539 Munich
 
Published by:
Hirmer Publishers
Bayerstr. 57-59
80335 Munich
 

Printed and bound by Pelo-Druck Lohner oHG
Paper content: Tauro 120 g/m2
Paper cover: Flexcover, Gardamatt 350g/m2
84 pages, 97 illustrations
25,0×18,5cm, softcover
ISBN: 978-3-7774-3747-7
 
€ 29,90
 
Published: 2021
 
Copyright: all illustrations © Daniel Blau, Munich
 
Text: Martin Jürgens, Katharina Rohmeder

Layout: Christiane Wunsch

Editor: Robert Isaf
 

Order your copy exclusivly here: contact@danielblau.com
or via Hirmer Publishers