Jochen Proehl brings his relationship with the earth under the sea in the Pontos exhibition. In this series and previous works, we should take Proehl's presenting only the material existence of space, and the absence of any living life form such as plants, animals, or humans in his landscapes into consideration within this context. These works may designate the beginning of time just as well as the end of it, meaning they embody all the temporalities.
In Greek Mythology, Pontos (Sea) is among the three children of the parthenogenic beginning of life, Gaia (Earth), along with Uranus (Sky) and Ourea (Mountains). Thus, life began with Earth and continued with the Sea. In this case, we can think of Proehl's art that transited from Gaia to Pontus travels along with the formation of the universe and records it metaphorically.
Most of the photographs in the exhibition were taken with a camera obscura. Proehl uses a simple cardboard box with a pinhole instead of a lens and an analogue film inside. This simple camera obscura provides the source material for the image processing, in the course of which he also transforms the photographed views into underwater landscapes. The exhibition comprises 19, mostly large-format photographs. All are C-prints laminated on Alu-Dibond.
Pontos is Jochen Proehl's second exhibition at Millî Reasürans Art Gallery 18 years after his first exhibition in 2005 called The Landscape World of Jochen Proehl.