Hear My Song


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Inspired by legendary lyrics, visual artist and photographer Verena Tscherner turns her attention to seemingly inconspicuous everyday occurrences, reviving them in front of her camera. Just like that, it seems, plants growing through the asphalt become survival artists, left-behind chairs become lovers, a lonely pencil drawing gains character, and even a drainpipe turns out to be many lively veins with colorful leaves flowing through them. Existing situations are embraced as they are, while situational comedy and tragedy often find themselves next to each other. Beneath the “bridge over troubled water” runs a smooth, shimmering mountain stream – whatever is hidden beneath the surface is left for us to imagine. The artist knows how to get her audience curious about the stories happening around us, all day, every day. Her view invites us to look around ourselves in the places where, until now, we wouldn’t have thought of spotting something extraordinary. Whoever engages with Tscherner’s imagery feels the immediate connection to life with all its ups and downs, or, to say it with Bill Withers’ words: “Sometimes in our lives we all have pain, we all have sorrow, but if we are wise, we know that there’s always tomorrow.”


Text: Maria Salamon

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