2023 artists announced

Congratulations to Chrystel Lebas and Sara Perovic. Both are the ‘Passage’ Residency artists we will welcome to the Dübener Heide in June 2023. Sara Perovic will be awarded the residency together with her child. Many thanks to the jury for their work and the time they dedicated to review the submissions and consider the applicants’ proposals.

The work of French-born photographer Chrystel Lebas examines the complexities of mankind’s relationship with nature. Through her photographic, sound and moving image works she investigates various landscapes and sites over time, documenting and revealing the various changes brought about therein by the interaction of both human beings and of nature itself. Working often in limited light and utilising the ‘uncertainty of the falling darkness at twilight’, Lebas produces large format, often panoramic and enveloping images of nature at its most remote. Her beautiful and enigmatic works reflecting upon ‘notions of the sublime and our relationship to nature’.

Chrystel Lebas currently lives and works in London. A graduate from the Royal College of Art, her photographs and films have been widely exhibited. Works are held in several private and public collections. She has published three monographs: ‘L’espace temps-Time in Space’ (2003), ‘Between Dog and Wolf’ (2006) and ‘Field Studies: Walking through Landscapes and Archives’ published to accompany the exhibition at Huis Marseille Museum for Photography, Amsterdam (2017) that won the Kraszna Krausz Best Photography Book Award 2018 and Best Dutch book design 2016.

Instagram: chrystel_lebas

Sara Perovic’s photography is driven by her interests in perception of space, abstraction, repetitiveness and feeling of self. Her body of work focuses on textures (Palmeral, 2017), depicts the invisible (Bura, 2015), and shows nature’s fragility with ethereal photos (I was there, 2015). Her latest project (My fathers legs, 2020) is a mix of concept and emotion, stretching the boundries between conceptual art and art-as-therapy. In 2020 her book ‘My Father’s Legs’ was shortlisted for Les Recontres d’Arles Prix du Livre d’Auteur and Aperture/Paris Photo First Book Award. Among several solo and group shows, she founded and curated the fanzine ‘aTree’, promoting young photographers (available at MoMa Library New York). Sara Perovic currently works as a photographer and architect in Berlin.

Instagram: sara.perovic

Published: 11th April 2023