Teiul de lângă capelă (Lime near the chapel) is part of the series of photographs made by Florin Ghenade within the larger project Old Trees. Let there be dark, but let there be light!, a black & white photograph made in edition of 50, exclusively for this publication, reckoning its cover. The image was taken in April 2016 and produced in 2020.
The editorial project encompases a hard cover photopgraphy album, together with a book of texts. The detachment is a result of the nature of the project. Florin Ghenade is interested mainly in photography, as a medium, its capacity to show, hide, and communicate, and only secondly in the subject analysed from the point of view of the stories, documents, studies found during the artistic research. The sequentiality of the photographs in the album is a gradual discovery of the trees photographed and a suggestion to observe details of roads, branches, urban and rural context around the subject.
The book opens up with a series of installation shots of the exhibition and an essay written by Alexandra Manole on gazing in photography and time that this medium together with the one of the exhibition asks from us and gives to us at once. The reading goes on with a fragment from Bucolic Journal by author and biologist Wilhelm Lehmann, a writing with extremely careful and detailed observations made during a couple of months between 1929-30. It is followed by the poem The Three Oaks written in 1990 by Gellu Naum. Then follows the text of the artist together with travel notes by Cristian Stănoiu (video artist in the project). The text by Simona Popescu offers a selection of trees in literature. Matei Câlția’s essay brings an understanding from the point of view of biologists, anthropologists, arborists, and landscape architects, a compendium made from the conferences held during the exhibition.
Authors: Matei Câlția, Florin Ghenade, Wilhelm Lehmann, Alexandra Manole, Gellu Naum, Simona Popescu, Cristian Stănoiu
*The book will not be distributed separately.
*The price of the product includes the fine arts stamp duty, 0.5%, according to the law 35/1994.