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Klinik is part of acclaimed photographer Gina Soden’s 2014 series – Emergence.
Emergence is a series in which Gina Soden explores the delicate balancing act in her artistic process. Her photographs are at once documents of time passing and presenting places the viewer cannot otherwise access whilst at the same time they are works of the imagination, providing beguiling glimpses to tantalise the viewer. They have to be part record and part invention.
Klinik was photographed in a sprawling sanatorium near Berlin, Germany, which covered over 300 acres. Abandoned for almost 15 years, this sanatorium was used throughout World War I. It has been used for a few movie sets and music videos, most probably owing to the great sense of eeriness it possesses, similar to a ghost town, as it is so large.
“I spent 12 hours in the complex, which is made up of over 50 buildings. The complex houses several bathing areas on the ground floor including an enormous domed cathedral-like area containing nothing but a tiny plunge pool in the centre. Romanesque design features abound – there are many marble columns. Also it features many circular windows, stained glass details and full of patterns and geometry. In this particular building, I crawled through tunnel networks to gain access to the basement of this building, which was the male bath house.” – Gina Soden
73 x 53cm mounted and unframed
Edition of 15 with 2 artist’s proofs.