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Galerie Karsten Greve AG St. Moritz

February 17 - March 31, 2012
Equipped with his camera, Brassaï (1899 - 1984) captured ordinary traces of the inhabitants of Paris' streets beginning in the 1930's, thus discovering a hidden and unsuspected, though omnipresent expression.
Setting off in search of real and imminent life, but through spontaneous and urban photos - the best known being his night shots - Brassaï was fascinated by the phenomenon of graffiti, which reflects an irresistible and existential need to inscribe one's presence in matter, thus immortalising the unconscious soul born of wounds and hope. In his figures, animals and in his shrunken, deformed and violently collapsed, wrinkled and cracked faces, Brassaϊ discovered a frightening magic through this primitive form of expression that questions the role of man, of nature, of death and love while at the same time inviting the eye and this encounter with the unknown.

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