Lothar Baumgarten (born 1944 in Rheinsberg, DE) is a conceptual installation artist, photographer, and cineaste with a particular interest in ethnology. His oeuvre is diverse, including sculptural, photographic, and film works, as well as prints, recordings, drawings, and written works. Central themes in the artist's body of work are the contrasting notions of nature and culture, and the "self" versus the "other". Baumgarten's works are… Read more
About the artwork
Matteawan/Fishkill reflects Baumgarten's anthropological interest in the disappearance of indigenous cultures. The collection stems from a sound project consisting of a recording taken at a location once inhabited by Native Americans, later subsumed by a brick manufacturer during the height of American urban expansion. The images of fallen trees, broken branches, and abandoned objects are indicative of the area's industrial past and subsequent abandonment. Despite the hard-hitting cultural critique, these prints are captivating and evocative, prompting reflection on the continuous battle between nature and culture.