Attempts Of a Landscape

ATTEMPTS OF A LANDSCAPE is an exhibition that shows the result of working around the problem of landscape that the painter FEDE TAUS @fedetaus has been investigating for a couple of years. His focus is on the naturalistic landscape role as a representation of a symbolic and political ideal within modern history. His technique is a combination of digital and manual processes where the images approach abstraction by means of a subtraction from the painting or even from the canvas on which it is painted with the intention of highlighting the role of the fragment as the basis of the landscape. The final motivation is to dissociate this genre from the anthropocentric narrative of thinking the landscape representation as a scenography or a place that can be habited or exploited by human beings in order to seek, rather, to expose the objectification that naturalistic representations possess, without the need to seek in them personal projections or ulterior intentions.

+ Exhibition Attempts Of a Landscape by Fede Taus until October 14th 2020


Fede Taus studied visual arts at the University of Chile between 2007 and 2009 in the Class of Gonzalo Díaz. Between 2009 and 2010 he created and founded the initiative “Proyecto Sudaca” among the emerging artists of that house of studies. 
In different periods from 2014 to 2019 he was the Painting Assistant of the artist Francisco Papas Fritas in San Miguel, Chile and in 2015 he was the Assistant of the Artist and researcher Ingrid Wildi Merino in Biel Bienne, Switzerland. 
He participated in the research and visual articulation of 12 “Leporellos” of the Ingrid Wildi Merino’s research project/book : “Architecture of the Transfers: Art, Politics and Technology” 2015, (Book edited by Abada, Spain in Collaboration with HEAD-Geneve, Geneva School of Art and Design, Switzerland and University of Chile in the year 2016). In 2015 he participated as “Guest Student” in the Intermediate Class of Prof. Alba D’Urbano at Hochschule für Graphik und Buchkunst Leipzig, Germany. In 2016 he wins a DAAD scholarship, with which he will carry out between 2016 and 2018 postgraduate studies for artists (Meisterschüler) in the class directed by Prof. Alba D’Urbano at Hochschule für Graphik und Buchkunst Leipzig, Germany. 
He collaborated regularly for Alba Magazine, Berlin, Germany between the years 2015/17. He has participated in different exhibitions in Chile and Germany. 
He currently lives and works in Leipzig, Germany.

Fede Taus’ work reflects on identity in Latin America, particularly Chilean identity, through two avenues of investigation, one external (the landscape) and the other internal (the stained/biographical).

Taus investigates how Landscape has been formed as a modern construction in the West and the ways in which this construction has served to generate a link between the idea of National Identity (since the 19th century) and the people who live in a given territory. This link between People and Nature was, according to Taus, a European creation that determined the way in which different cultures are understood by relating landscape, climate and development through a kind of Eurocentric sieve that continues to exist to this day.

In his current practical work, the Chilean painter investigates and paints the different forms that landscape has historically taken as an aesthetic discipline. His range of study covers from the classical bourgeois bucolic landscape to the current errors of Google Maps in its Google Street view modality. His Idea in this theoretical/practical procedure seeks to highlight the political and ideological condition that contains the Landscape as a Construct or visual device, as well as the lack of the formation of a landscape born from the different Latin American localities as part of the need to visually evidence the local link with the environment and the physical world.

“Die Entstehung dieses Werks wurde durch ein Stipendium der Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen ermöglicht.”

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