“I just noticed […]: that, first and foremost, the heavens were an inquiry into man. Indeed, man is an inwards universe.” – novelist, Arnold Stadler on Florian Schwarz
Knowledge of the universe is growing, but human existence is increasingly being called into question. This paradox is the leitmotiv of A Handful of Dust, a photographic research project by Florian Schwarz (b. Konstanz, Germany, 1979).
Over a period of four years, he travelled to observatories in the most remote places in the world. He insightfully links the distant view into the expanse of space with close-up views of the people who live in the surroundings of these institutes.
Schwarz covers a spectrum from the dusty, bleak ends of this world to the centre of the universe, where our centre is also situated — since we, as the most recent research has shown, consist of up to 97% stardust.
This beautiful large-format book is published alongside the exhibition at Kunstmuseum Singen (14 July – 15 September 2019).
English and German text.