Text by Elis Tamaschke
The artist Annelies Štrba, best known for photographs of her children, now brings us in Noonday pictures of her grandchildren. In this “noonday dream” (a reference to Emily Brontë), we encounter a host of fairytale creatures, playing, sleeping, or dreaming. The viewer is drawn in and becomes part of this reverie, which is interspersed with images of everyday family life, travel, and game-playing. While the images in the artist’s previous series, Shades of Time (1997), were raw and direct, Noonday glows with the ease of a summer afternoon and yet still leaves us with the melancholy certainty that the days of childhood pass by much too fast.
Annelies Štrba (b. 1947 Zug, Switzerland) is a video artist and photographer, who has had numerous exhibitions internationally, including large thematic exhibitions. Her photographs belong to important collections such as the Kunsthalle Hamburg, the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie in Paris and Deutsche Bank.