What I do and why...

Artist Statement

Benjamin Cann (Born in 1987, Brest, France) is an artist who mainly works with film photography. By choosing mainly formal solutions, Cann focuses on the idea of ‘public space’ and more specifically on spaces where anyone can do anything at any given moment: the non-private space, the non-privately owned space, space that is economically uninteresting.

His photos are notable for their subtle finish and tactile nature. This is of great importance and bears witness to great craftsmanship. By exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way, he considers making art a craft which is executed using clear formal rules and which should always refer to social reality.

His works sometimes radiate a cold and latent violence. At times, disconcerting beauty emerges. The inherent visual seductiveness, along with the conciseness of the exhibitions, further complicates the reception of their manifold layers of meaning. By focusing on techniques and materials, he investigates the dynamics of sceneries, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscapes means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination.

His works are often about contact with architecture and basic living elements. Energy (heat, light, water), space and landscape are examined in less obvious ways and sometimes developed in absurd ways. By emphasising aesthetics, he seduces the viewer into a world of ongoing equilibrium and the interval that articulates the stream of daily events. Moments are depicted that only exist to punctuate the human drama in order to clarify our existence and to find poetic meaning in everyday life.

His works are based on formal associations which open a unique poetic vein. Multilayered images arise in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned. Benjamin Cann currently lives in Strasbourg.


Solo Exhibitions

2016 - Innerspaces - Stadtfenster at Studio Licht+Planung, Waldstr. Karlsruhe, GERMANY

2015 - Blumenbunte Wiesen, commisionned traveling exhibtion, Black Forest district, GERMANY

2013-2014 - LICHTNOVELLEN, Perfekt Futur, Karlsruhe, GERMANY

Group Exhibitions

2016 - Vapourcloud with Marcello Stabile, Poly Gallerie, Karlsruhe, GERMANY

2016 - Black&White 2016 - PH21 Galley, Budapest, CZECH REPUBLIC

2016 - Abandoned Landscape, South East Center for Photography, South Carolina, USA

2014 - ART KARLSRUHE (INTL ART FAIR)- CCFA - with the Centre Culturel Franco-Allemand (CCFA) , GERMANY



2016 - Honorable Mention - New York Center for Photographic Art - International Open Call for Entry - GEOMETRY 2016 - Juror – LOUISE CLEMENT

2016 - Juror's choice -  Papierfabrik - Entrance - Juror - LAURA CAMPBELL - SEC4P, USA



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