Helene Schmitz: Sunken Gardens, Carnivores
Galerie Maria Lund, Paris
October 21 through December 4
48 rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris
www.marialund.com

This exhibition is of two series of photographs by Swedish artist Helen Scimtz. The first, Sunken gardens, was born during a trip the artist made to the Surinam jungle, following in the footsteps of an 18th century Swedish naturalist. It deals with something lost: rare traces evoking human presence are dominated, and almost on the edge of being absorbed by a Nature out of control. Thus, in her photographs, we contemplate locations partially concealed by vegetation giving us a feeling of witnessing something that once was.

For two years Helene Schmitz worked on the Carnivores project. The artist was fascinated by the predator botanicals, confronting given ideas about the beautiful, peaceful and passive plant as on the contrary, they attract, catch and devour their victims. Aiming to better grasp their particularities, the artist has chosen to take the carnivores out of their natural element and photograph them in a workshop under artificial lighting.

Helene Schmitz was born in Sweden in 1960. She currently lives and works in Stockholm. She graduated in History of art and Cinema and teaches Photography, focusing on her own creations in the nineties. Since then, she regularly shows her work, mainly in Scandinavia.