Linden New Art is proud to present Left Behind, the latest photographic project by St. Kilda-based artist Michael Kluge.
Known for his documentation of historic buildings and cultural relics from bygone days, Left Behind heralds a bold new development in Kluge’s practice, as the artist extends his focus towards the subject of memory as observed through the lens of grief.
With what is Kluge’s layered and poetic response to the loss of his partner to cancer, Left Behind depicts personal belongings “left behind” across a spectral series of images loaded with the private significance of the memories that remain. Reflecting on the role photography performs in rendering the past, Left Behind sees Kluge harness the camera as an instrument for articulating presence through absence to create an act of remembrance in which it is ultimately time itself that is left behind. Michael Kluge’s Left Behind is a touching meditation on memory and mourning, and one that invites thoughtful and sensitive contemplation in tender acceptance of the passing of all things.
Image: Michael Kluge, Left Behind, 2022, digital inkjet print. Image courtesy of the artist.
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