Sander Foederer (the Netherlands, b.1973) studied photography at the Photo Academy Amsterdam and received an MA in Photography at the St.Joost Academy, Netherlands. He was invited by the programme committee to participate in Copenhagen Photo Festival with his photographic film “Sundial’.
In his video projection Sander Foederer blends documentary and artifice to disrupt the flow of urban life and offer a new vision of the everyday. The modern metropolis becomes a stage for the sublime potential of natural phenomena, which is one of the few ways in which people within the constructed city, remain strongly connected to nature. The title points to the intersection of time and light. In sundial, these two fundamental ingredients of photography are manipulated in order to focus attention on the act of looking. What this creates is a series of tableaux-vivants, or filmic haikus. While Sundial lures the viewer in with a cinematic language, it rejects the expectation of narrative. The viewer’s automatic search for a story and the failure to find one further focuses attention on the light and the small, fleeting details it illuminates. In essence, the work Sundial is a request. It asks us to be open and receptive to our physical environment and invites us to remove the blindfold created by habit and familiarity.