HIDDEN - Verborgene Orte in der Schweiz - PhMuseum

HIDDEN - Verborgene Orte in der Schweiz

Kostas Maros

2017 - 2018

Hidden - Verborgene Orte in der Schweiz

In the art project HIDDEN, photographer Kostas Maros and art historian Catherine Iselin explore what it is that constitutes the fascination of hidden places. Together they selected and visited 25 places throughout Switzerland which, for the majority of people, have remained inaccessible or hidden up to now. The photographs and texts that resulted from their search for the unusually usual, the strangely remarkable the variously unique, have been channelled into an exhibition and publication of the same name.

A major concern of the exhibition concept was to engage with the issue of how to capture a feeling or state and render it visible in an image, or how to evoke it through an image – without robbing that image of the magic of the invisible.

In the framework of HIDDEN more than 100 photographs of 25 hidden places were taken, a selection of which were exhibited at the water reservoir IWB Filter 4 in 2018 and later on, in 2019, as a guest exhibition, together with the exhibition 'everything is poetry' of the world famous catalan artist Joan Miró at the museum Forum Würth Arlesheim. The exhibition aims to do justice to the aspiration to translate what was perceived in those places into images and so facilitate access to what is hidden and draw attention to the country, the places, the people and the corresponding stories.

HIDDEN is devoted to places that are distinguished not just by being hidden, but above all by their capacity to evoke fascination and curiosity in people or to leave an extraordinary impression when they are perceived. At the basis of the project is the idea of taking an unbiased look at unknown places in one’s own country and giving expression to them through the medium of photography. The fascination of the hidden should become tangible through the impact of the images alone.

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  • natural rock and concrete at Jungfrau Joch research station in the swiss mountains.

  • former radio studio of the swiss national broadcast station in Basel. This room will be demolished in the next years.

  • former radio studio of the swiss national broadcast station in Basel. This room will be demolished in the next years.

  • Former X-ray room of the university hospital Basel. This room is not used anymore, since a long time and will also be demolished to build a parking space.

  • refrigerator of a mushroom breeding in Kerns. The security standards are high as their business secret is sought-after.

  • calming cell of a high security prison in Burgdorf near Bern.

  • hidden conference room in the house of parliament Bern.

  • the shoe wardrobe in the backdrops of the opera Zürich.

  • the garden of Dignitas, an euthanasia institution in Forch, Switzerland. Incurable ill people from abroad come to die in this surroundigs.

  • Storage room of a taxidermist and magician in Zürich. This room is full of surprises.

  • Storage room of a taxidermist and magician in Zürich. This room is full of surprises.

  • room of the stage light responsible of the zurich opera

  • sphinx observatory seen from inside and covered at Jungfrau Joch research station.

  • sphinx observatory seen from inside, uncovered at Jungfrau Joch research station.

  • Grosse Fontanne, Brüggweid, Doppelschwand, a gold digger place.

  • the satellite ground station of Leuk.

  • reproductive medicine and gynecological endocrinology, basel.

  • bed cleaning station of the university hospital of basel

  • broken robots at the avatarion technology center.

  • machine room of a prostheses factory


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