Alma



Alma (2009)

"With his series Alma 1987/2009, Brohm takes up again a work he had begun in 1986 and shows in new photographs the transformed state of a former motor speedway on the site of the disused Zeche Alma in Gelsenkirchen-√úckendorf. Cut out from access roads as part of urban planning changes, the oval Almaring now lies forgotten in a triangular junction of tracks and is slowly being taken over by nature. Brohm has continued his artistic concept for recording space and time by concentrating on a strictly limited geographical area. He employed for the first time a limited depth of field in his photographs, giving them a spatial dimension, which is further reinforced for us viewers by the size of the prints in the exhibitions.

Unlike in his works that describe other places, this is not so much an opportunity to discover oneself by seeing, as it is an effort to guide our gaze to the details in the shimmering images, which the artist uses to stand for questions about the significance the use of landscape has for us and what relevance it will have in the future beyond a role as transmitter of memories."

Thomas Weski, in: Ruhr Views. Published in Ruhr Views; catalog, Cologne 2010

15 Archival Pigment Prints, 165 x 105 cm, mounted on Alu-Dibond, Ed. of 5 + 1 AP