Places Strange and Quiet

Wim Wenders' Places Strange and Quiet series refers to a selection of forty photographs taken by the artist between 1983 and 2011 while location scouting for his films or simply traveling the world for travels' sake. The collection features everything from industrial "beaches" in Palermo, Sicily, to abandoned fun fairs in Armenia. Wenders: "When you travel a lot, and when you love to just wonder around and get lost, you can end up in the strangest spots. ... I don't know, it must be some sort of built-in radar that often directs me to places that are strangely quiet, or quietly strange."

The nine images selected by Wenders for Sedition are all typical of his work in their melancholy yet simultaneous beauty and stillness. Each is cinematic and nevertheless radiant with a silent anxiety that seems to foreshadow an event - or the possibility of multiple events: the viewer is left to decide. The photographs are a portrait of the world as Wenders has found and seen it, with the parallel effect that Places Strange and Quiet renders a portrait of the artist himself, as reflected in his view of the world.

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