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01.09.18 - 23.02.19

CCA Andratx is pleased to present the German artist Claus Rottenbacher’s photographic seriesNon Plus Ultra. His practice commonly deals the dialogues between architecture and landscape and this new series of work explores the transcendence of Gibraltar as the testimony in stone of a brutalist frontier between Great Britain and the Kingdom of Spain.

For more than three centuries, since the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713, the British flag blows over the Rock of Gibraltar, but this little piece of land of no more than 7 km² was already the scenery in Antique myths and legends as well as the end of the known world until the 15th Century.

The individual landscapes of the series Non Plus Ultra may seem film sets, however they stand far from a documentary approach. Rottenbacher appeals the works for a critical and aesthetic reflection upon European borders. Captured in 2016, in the light of Brexit and the new U.S. politics of America First, his works highlight the current shift of the socio-political scenario, however Gibraltar continue stoday to exist as a witness bearer and living memory of ongoing tension.

“Claus Rottenbacher’s intrinsically political message inquires about the context of history, photography and architecture. […] His images become spaces of memory, spaces of societal and collective relevance. Spaces and systems change. Images remain.” (Felix Hoffmann)

Claus Rottenbacher lives and works in Berlin. All photographs are made with an analogue large-format camera.

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