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The Third Day

2010-2011

Accor­ding to the Bible, on the Third Day God divi­ded the land from the sea and let dry land appear so that grass, shrubs and trees brought forth fruit. Accor­ding to Henrik Spohl­er’s pho­to­gra­phic nar­ra­tive about the Third Day, man adapts growth and pro­li­fe­ra­tion to his needs, trans­for­ming them into an indus­trial pro­cess. He irri­ga­tes deserts, drives the growth of fruit and vege­ta­bles behind fences under pla­stic. Finally, with the help of gene­tic engi­nee­ring, he alters crea­tion itself so as make the cul­ti­va­tion of plants even more pro­fi­ta­ble. In »The Third Day«, the pho­to­gra­phs taken in Cali­for­nia, Spain, the Nether­lands and Ger­many also docu­ment the con­se­quences of the Sixth Day of Crea­tion, when man is encou­ra­ged to subdue the earth: toma­toes, heads of salad, even cac­tu­ses in rank and file in huge mono­cul­tu­res; like space­ships just landed, arti­fi­ci­ally lit around the clock green­hou­ses glow in the twi­light. Even the divi­sion of day from night has long since been sus­pen­ded – in order that con­di­ti­ons like in Para­dise might pre­vail at local vege­ta­bles stores the whole year through.

 

 

Hatje Cantz, 2013, ISBN 978-3-7757-3610-7
Texts by Chris­tiane Stahl and Frie­de­mann Schmoll, eng­lish/german
96 Pages, 55 colour plates, hard­co­ver, 30,5 x 25,8 cm
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