Beyond the visible - Ships


Photography, text

Beyond the visible – Ships consists of a series of photographs showing different views of the Mediterranean Sea as seen from the shore. The images resemble postcards sent from a vacation; a metaphor evoking well-being, leisure and contact with nature. If we examine the images closely we find a script extending downward from the upper side of the postcards moving seaward, into the image. This script records the coordinates either of sunken ships or of the harbours and piers where those ships were loaded and where they departed from: Beginning in the nineteen-eighties many cargo ships loaded with toxic waste vanished into the sea with no visible signs of the reason for their sinkage.

Eva Sauer, Coraline, from the series Beyond the visible, 2020; courtesy: Eva Sauer

Beyond the visible – Ships