Roi Kuper’s new series of color photographs was created over the past year in Switzerland, France, and Israel. A big storm in the Alps, clinging stillness in Provence, a drying lake surrounded by mountains, a vineyard encompassed by fields of thorns, a barren desert, a rock pool, mist swirling around the Alps, and all of it – like synchronized breaths, an echo of loneliness, a local hallucination.
These are complex and charged landscapes that divide into two under the clear, bright sky. This division draws toward the warmth of initial inspiration opposite a landscape pretending to be dead and forms of alertness and strength, of emotional release from the tension. Eternal passion.
The works examine a world that seems to desire nothing, to be involved only with itself, a world shrouded by contradictions where one has to act with total silence, where there is no place for a wish, where there is a state of static hallucination, total silence. The desire is outside the internal labor that, through the knowledge of selective memory, guides the observation to a supposition of the heart and from there to understanding, to the domain of contemplation.