Back to Wellhead. Lucian Bran

Museum of Municipal Engineering in Krakow
Wawrzyńca 15, Krakow
Tue.-Thu. 10:00–16:00, Fri. 17:00, Sat.-Sun. 10:00–16:00
 Back to Wellhead . Lucian Bran
Lucian Bran, Astra, Honterus source, spring 1, from the series Back to Wellhead, 2013. Ultra giclee print © Lucian Bran. Courtesy of Posibila Gallery.
In Lucian Bran’s hometown, every day the inhabitants come to the forest springs which surround the city to draw water from them. These springs, baptised with the poetic names of “Honterus” or “Malin” (and the habit of drawing water from them) were photographed by Lucian Bran.

He calls this custom an “almost ritual circumstance”, and indeed it could be interpreted as an anachronistic cult of some local naiads, the nymphs of springs and rivers. Bran’s landscapes show this phenomenon during the different seasons of the year, thus emphasising its quasi-pantheistic character. And yet, however lyrical and bucolic these photographs may be, something else lurks behind these landscapes. Upon a closer look, one can make out the silhouettes of concrete housing estates in the background, where, as one might expect, there is no shortage of tap water. And in spite of that, the city dwellers feel the urge to go to the mountain springs to draw water. Back to Wellhead thus appears as the embodiment of another paradoxical failure of modernism.

Lucian Bran (born 1981, Braşov, Romania)
Graduated from the Photography class of the National University of Arts Bucharest in 2010. Has taken part in group shows in Austria, France, England, Jersey and Romania, as well as solo shows in Bucharest and Cluj, Romania. He is represented by Galeria Posibila, Bucharest.


Lucian BRAN – Back to Wellhead
Curator: Nicolas Grospierre
Vernissage: 16.05, 5 PM
Exhibition open: 16.05–15.06.
Museum of Municipal Engineering in Krakow, ul. św. Wawrzyńca 15

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