Portrait of a village in Sudan
by Christian Lichtenberg
About the Book
As we all know, life can be so different. Often it just depends on where you are in time and space, and suddenly, everything is quite strange and unfamiliar. Lui, a small village in «somewhere in nowhere» in the southern part of Sudan, is such a place of «remoteness». At least this can be for someone who comes from an industrial and wealthy Western country. Nevertheless there is poverty and a lot of needs in Lui, this book wants to show something else. I didn’t want to tell a «typical African story» with its inevitable sadness factor. To undermine this, I decided to portray the houses of the village of Lui. At a closer look, the resulting images of the huts, tell so much about themselves and their inhabitants. So what we get to see here is the beauty of architecture without architects. Simplicity and sobriety as a sign of human qualities. Recycling, as an expression of fantasy. Details, which express the owners unique and special handwriting.
Christian Lichtenberg lives and works in Switzerland. His explorations are oscillating between chaos and emptiness, between the narrative and the abstract. He is using photography, video, sound and painting as medias. On his way, he got some international awards like Grosser Preis Biennale für Fotografie, São Paolo, Brasilien had exhibitions and is represented in collections of museums like Fondation Beyeler and Kunstmuseum Biel, public institutions like Universitätsspital Basel-Stadt and private collections like Kunstsammlung Hoffmann La Roche and Kunst(Zeug)Haus Rapperswil-Jona. There are also quite a number of publications, books like Mirei Shigemori — Rebel in the Garden (Birkhäuser) and catalogues about his work.