Innenstadt / Multiples
2006 and 2018
Series of 22
Since its inception, photography has been described as being able to visually freeze a passage of time at a given moment. Even the shortest exposure is always a period of time, though is generally interpreted as punctual. Time is perceived as linear, a collection of moments captured in the order of occurrence. They create a sense of past and future, yet they are really only a product of our assumptions.
The levels are created in a certain time sequence, but can not be reassigned in a specific order once the work is completed. These photographs attempt to disrupt the idea of time based only on images of memory in linear sequence. In this series, the well-known reality (usually shown photographically with a single exposure) is divided and multi-layered. Since none of the individual exposures is more clear than the other, there is no layer that can be understood as a norm, or as a starting point that would garner more importance than another.
Innenstadt, and later Multiples deal with structures and textures that shape fleetingness in the present and the illusion of time. The work deals with the complexity of reality and is influenced by the painters of the futurism movement of the 1920s, such as Giacomo Balla or Luigi Rusollo. Pictures depicting a blurred reality, yet revealing the known concrete nature of the depicted balancing between the abstract and our version of the concrete.
As a motive Nadji has chosen the city center, which is particularly characterized by sensory overload leading to the fact that we do not longer absorb closely. Another aspect that should be clarified is the relativity of reality itself. Reality is defined by our perception and by the memory thereof and is in addition to that strongly influenced by other existing images. Multiples is an approach to remind us how infinitely complex the illusion of reality is.
The work might be seen as the stage towards a more abstract interpretation of the known world and later lead to the geometric and long term double exposure concepts.