Lara Wirth exhibits “City, Country, River” at Han Pumping Station

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“City, Country, River” makes you think

Düsseldorf artist Lara Wirth will be performing at the Old Pumping Station from Saturday 27 August. Almost 20 works stimulate reflection on the overexploitation of nature and environmental problems.

Wars and extreme climate change are just two global phenomena that are currently teetering the world at least for the foreseeable future, if not on the brink of chaos. Should one then look at the photos that confuse these dystopian developments with an incredible variety of motifs? In the case of young artist Lara Wirth, who will be exhibiting nearly 20 of her works under “Stadt-Land-Fluss” at the Old Pumping Station in Haan from Saturday, August 27, sure. Her mixed media paintings with ink and pen, oil paint, and chalk pastels reflect the overexploitation of nature through uncontrolled growing cities, its extensive technology, and massive pollution, despite the attention to detail in the image of the hidden object. Not only is there a vast imagination, but also a refreshing sense of humor that encourages people to think about environmental issues.

Jürgen Fogg of the board of cultural association Alte Pumpstation Haan became aware of the Düsseldorf artist via Instagram, who first studied with Siegfried Anzinger at the Düsseldorf Academy of Arts and is currently in the class of Katharina Wulff. “It was love at first sight,” said Fogg, a city designer himself, and a tour of the academy added to his enthusiasm for Wirth’s work.

Finally, the invitation to the exhibition came. “After several group exhibitions, this is my first solo exhibition, and everything should be fine there,” says the 26-year-old, who defines herself as an illustrator despite the many graphic elements in her work. These are often impressions from numerous trips to Mexico or Thailand, where I often traveled as a professional martial artist with titles in full muay thai and kickboxing.

Remarkable is the frequently cited contrast between the nature of the green jungle and the lack of a pronounced non-capitalist culture, which is expressed in urban development aimed exclusively at growth, which no longer leaves any social living space for people, and in a fatal problem of garbage. . The beaches of the little alibi are empty, meanwhile crocodiles are burning in the bay and trying to sabotage the already dilapidated sewage system with a strong bite.

Art historian Anna Lange stresses the tension between individual, tangible memories of travel and the imagination of devastation as a result of unfettered growth. Unfortunately, the latter has already become a shocking reality in many regions of the world. On the other hand, the photo of the Düsseldorf Rheinkirmes looks almost serene. It also shows the superficially glowing, amusing character, but since Lara Werth also performs the role of a kickboxer in “Box-Bude,” she’s also come close to captivating the modelers, and this inside view is that last photo that’s clearly noticed.

Despite the high percentage of imagination, Wirth does not hide reality with its images, but rather it is the imagination that artistically seduces people to deal with environmental problems, and on the other hand, it is the imagination that has always been useful for unconventional solutions.

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