︎ At the Congress Center of the European Forum Alpbach
︎ Shanghai Himalayas Museum
© Anderwald + Grond
Lifting Something Heavy Is Just Like Lifting Something Light
In China, there exists the idiom, “Lifting something heavy is just like lifting something light.” The literal meaning is that a person with great physical strength can lift things easily. But in this context, its meaning has another dimension, namely that a talented person can find the tools to solve a serious or complex issue in a simple, uncomplicated way.
The two Austrian artists, Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond, use this method of ease by selecting a figure from Greek mythology, Atlas, whose action is shown in their approach to photography. They do not intend to visualize an action or a mythological figure, nor do they intend to solve a problem. Rather, they intend to reflect human existence and the relationship of humans with the world. […]
Gu Zheng, ‘Lifting Something Heavy Is Just Like Lifting Something Light’. In: Shatterd Horizon. Leykam Graz. 2010