Sascha Weidner (1976-2015)

By Belinda Hungerford

 

It is with great sadness that we announce that German photographer Sascha Weidner passed away while on a photographic trip through Lower-Saxony, Germany.

Sascha had been a friend of ACP since he first exhibited here in 2010 as part of the acclaimed exhibition Hijacked II – Australia & Germany. In 2012 we were glad to invite him back to Australia for a 10-day residency, which resulted in Unveiled/the Sydney Project, partnered by COFA and the Goethe-Institut and curated by Tony Nolan. With this exhibition Sascha transformed ACP’s front gallery into an installation space with a multitude of developing trays placed on the floor in which images he had taken in Sydney and the Blue Mountains were submerged, left to deteriorate over the duration of the show. The chemical decomposition of the images paralleled the artist’s departure and the fading memory of his presence.

ACP’s curatorial team was delighted to catch up with Sascha last year when he visited briefly after being in Japan. The memory of that time spent with Sascha, talking and looking at the beautiful and moving work he had recently done in Japan, now has added poignancy.

ACP is honoured to have known Sascha Weidner and he will be missed. Heartfelt condolences to his friends and family.

“Also granted to me are dreams: during the night, I journey to an inaccessible continent, one that can never be relocated.”

Sascha Weidner, As long as the light holds

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Image 1: Ole Truderung, Arpad Sölter (Goethe-Institut), Sascha Weidner, Kon Gouriotis (former ACP Director). Image © ACP

Image 2: Unveiled/the Sydney project (detail of installation). Image © Sascha Weidner estate