Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Lukas Strebel_Antoglyph_The Printspace_November-January

Lukas Strebel came straight from the airport to the opening of his own photographic retrospective which was produced more than a quarter of a century ago. The London based, award-winning Swiss Director of Photography was at the time shooting another episode of the English adaption of Henning Mankel’s Wallander series up in Sweden, but couldn’t miss the public viewing of his long-abandoned work as a photographer. Before moving into the field of the moving image, Strebel captured his imagery in still photography in the 1970s and created a body of work of compelling compositional complexity and metaphorical beauty on film.

 

The oeuvre was beautifully displayed in the renowned printspace studio - one of the vital addresses for London’s photographers. Strebel seemed stunned by the fact that the gallery was packed on his arrival, but his retrospective was listed as one of the top five gallery openings of the week by Time Out and attracted a vast spectrum of people. Strebel’s surreal images, products of a rich visual heritage with references to the masters of photography, were presented as groups and sequences, creating a gripping but at times uncanny narrative. Graphic, theatrical and strange, Strebel’s work touches on deep unconscious urges, emotions and qualms and despite the fact that this work dates back to the seventies, Strebel’s images possess a timeless language and seem strikingly contemporary. In conversation, receiving the congratulations of the public, he all of a sudden became contemplative, looked around and said: “I probably should pick up a camera again and take pictures...” Let’s very much hope he pursues this idea.