Frank Gaudlitz: Sonnenstraße - La Ruta del Sol

from Feb 9th 2017 to Mar 24th 2017


Frank Gaudlitz - The Road of the Sun / La Ruta del Sol

Since 2005, Berlin photographer Frank Gaudlitz has been working intensively in South America. For his project La Ruta del Sol, which will be exhibited for the first time in Berlin at the Fotogalerie Friedrichshain, Gaudlitz took his inspiration from the famous German naturalist and philosopher, Alexander von Humboldt.

In 1801, Humboldt travelled unknowingly along the nearly 2500 km Pan-American Inca Road of the Sun through Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. He believed that the universe is one interacting entity. Humbolt's journey on this ancient road, consequently, was one of constant observation, always attentive to not only the physical world around him but equally to the local social, cultural, and economic conditions he encountered.

Frank Gaudlitz provides a visual reiteration of Humboldt's perspective as his photographs were taken in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru and comprise black and white landscape images as well as environmental portraits of those he met along the way. If his portraits provide a mirror of social structure as it exists today, the imagery of the landscape photographs is more timeless and stretches a bridge into the past: Humboldt's landscape and the Road of the Sun the Inca's traveled.

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Exhibition duration: 10 February - 24 March 2017
Opening: 9 February, 7 pm

Closing: 24 March, 7 pm

Fotogalerie Friedrichshain
Helsingforser Platz 1
10243 Berlin, Germany

Opening hours Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat: 2-6pm / Thu 10-20pm

admission free