Sweet Potato Love
The photographs in the series “Sweet Potato Love” are a collection of “irregularities” and findings (Unregelmäßigkeiten und Gefundenes) a search for analogies between dream states and reality, the lines often being blurred. What is true, what is a fabrication of one’s imagination?
Hornbogen’s general approach continuously moves between the priorities of formal abstraction and uncompromising realism that transport poetry or an underlying sentiment, communicating through bare delicate moments that can reveal a truth or capture absurdity. The focus lies on details, fragments, exploring the faultlines in our society and private life. The series includes a subsection of black and white images (titled “Gefälle”) that equally deal with solitude, despair, family, confrontation with mortality, indistinct memories of the past and future while preserving a trace of irony, never completely certain of the reality of it all.
(Not so long ago he huddled against his wife’s warm body at night. His beautiful hands looked unchanged, soft tanned skin.…While the grandfather is sleeping next door, a heavy blanket covering him, the grandmother and granddaughter spend time talking on the balcony in the midday sun. One woman is barefoot and the other is wearing plush-lined house slippers. It is the end of July. Later they will walk the incline together, the four of them arm in arm.)
Maybe it’s a neurosis to see insects and worms everywhere?