Angelus Novus

"His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, the Angel sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. [...] The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back his turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. The storm is what we call progress." (W. Benjamin, Theses on Philosophy of History, 1942)

Angelus Novus (Nachleben der Antike) is an ongoing series about the casual and surprising relationship between past and present and the way photography can make time distances explode and collide.  The project is based on Benjamin's reflections over the idea of progress and history and inspired by Warburg's idea of the "survival of the past". Each picture is the result of casual double-exposure obtained directly on film, either medium format or 35mm.

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