Boris Eldagsen’s photographs explore the limits of what can be depicted. They utilise the external reality, to paint the inner reality, that of the unconscious, archetypical and unspoken. Without excessive materials or digital effects, Eldagsen combines street with staged photography and recreates spectacular and dreamlike images. The photographic mediums of light and shade become symbolic of the spaces between, those that are inaccessible to the rational mind and compel the viewer to resort to their own memories and feelings. Beyond what is fashionable and current, Eldagsen creates alchemical connections between painting, film and theatre that defy categorisation. He calls them POEMS.
German artist Boris Eldagsen has studied photography, conceptual art and intermedia at the Art Academies of Mainz (Germany), Prague (Czech Republic) and Hyderabad (India). In addition he studied philosophy at the Universities of Cologne and Mainz. In 2013 he participated in a Roger Ballen Masterclass.
Eldagsen grew up in the South-West of Germany and moved to Berlin in the late nineties. He travelled most European and Asian countries, from 2003 – 2010 he lived between Berlin and Melbourne (Australia).
His photomedia work has been shown internationally in institutions and festivals such as Fridericianum Kassel, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, CCP Melbourne, ACP Sydney, EMAF Osnabrück, Videonale Bonn, Edinburgh Art Festival, Athens Video Art Festival, Kuyre Istanbul, Media Forum Moscow, WRO Media Art Biennale Wroclaw, Biennale Le Havre and Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth. 2013, he has been awarded the Prix Voies Off / Arles for the strength of his photo work “how to disappear completely / THE POEMS”.
Boris works as a multi-media consultant and a lecturer. He has lectured at Centre for Ideas – Victorian College of the Arts and Music / Melbourne, the Photography Studies College Melbourne, the Akademie für Bildende Künste Mainz, Hochschule Furtwangen, the Sommerakademie of Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Westlicht Wien, F/Stop Leipzig, Centre for Contemporary Photography Melbourne, RMIT University Melbourne and Monash University Melbourne.