we are not alone
städtische galerie wolfsburg
the topic of perception is what shapes dunja evers’ works and creativity. her works do away with the genre boundaries of painting, film and photography and invite us to look closely to discover new ways of seeing. they allow their observers – going beyond reception – to perceive themselves in work of this sort. that is why with dunja evers, everything focuses on the observers and makes them to the main figure in their relationship to the work. the exhibition and its catalogue present dunja evers as a painter, as a photographer, but also through her drawings. the path she has embarked on is one scarcely trodden. she uses media and knits them together not only to know the world by handling it, but to push through it and create it anew in her pictures. the various series of photographic works derived from super-8films remind us at first sight of monochrome painting. yet, under the luminescent bubbles of colour vague contours point to motifs, like, for instance, pictures of the first moon landing, which are firmly anchored in our collective memory. these are serene works, that draw their power from the intensity of their colours and the mystery within what they display. their excitement lies in their open situation as they float freely, colour and display existing in a permanent and partially overlapping process of exchange and recombination. colour layerings characterize the new group of works, “chamber of horrors”. this sets out from historical advertising or display photographs for films intended to entice viewers into cinemas. the motifs in these pictures are more obvious, so that it is difficult for the observer to differentiate the sequence in the process by which colour-motif effects proceed. it can arise more quickly or after long, careful scrutiny; it can equally disappear, then to reconstruct itself. what manifests itself most impressively in these works is the dimension of time, which represents, in concert with perception, an important theme in displaying the creativity of these works.
susanne pfleger in »dunja evers, we are not alone« exhibition catalog, kehrer verlag 2009