frozen flow


Format 1: 202 x 132 cm / 79.5 x 52 in, edition of 6 + 2 AP
Format 2: 102 x 67 cm / 40.2 x 26.3 in, edition of 6 + 2 AP
Hybrid photography, archival pigment print, aludibond, diasec, custom-made wood/ aluminium frame

Glaciers play a crucial role in the global climate system. They act as gigantic reflectors, radiating sunlight back into space and thus contributing to the regulation of Earth's temperature. Additionally, they serve as important freshwater reservoirs and influence the global water cycle. Their existence and changes have far-reaching effects on weather and climate patterns worldwide. However, anthropogenic climate change is leading to a dramatic and accelerated loss of glacier ice, resulting in profound consequences. This process is particularly visible in Iceland, where 11% of the land area is covered by glacier ice. The loss of glacier ice in Iceland significantly contributes to the rise in the global sea level and increases the risk of volcanic eruptions. The meltwater that enters the oceans increases their overall volume, posing a threat to coastal regions worldwide. This has far-reaching consequences for low-lying areas and island nations at risk of flooding and land loss. Shrinking glaciers not only impact local water balance but also have global implications. They are an integral part of atmospheric and oceanic circulation patterns. Their decline alters these patterns, influencing weather and climate in different parts of the world.

The work "frozen flow" illustrates the process of glacier melting and the associated rise in sea levels. The agony of the glacier is paired with overwhelming aesthetic beauty. Inside the glacier, cavities and tunnels form, created by the flow of meltwater, eroding the ice from the inside. These cavities signify the increasing instability of the glaciers. From the upper edge of the image, a wildly meandering ice wall extends deep into the space of the picture. The ice wall appears as a living painting, drawn with the refined brushstrokes of nature, a kaleidoscope of vivid turquoise and deep blue tones, merging with various shades of gray. The colors interpenetrate and flow into each other, forming whirlpools, eddies, and waves. The ice wall seems to be both static and dynamic at the same time. The light partially penetrating the ice wall from the outside creates enormous plasticity and spatiality. In the lower part of the image, the ice wall forms a kind of horizon line, from which a lake of meltwater and floating icebergs extends back into the foreground. This is the liquid outer space created by the glacier's meltwater, which fill finally flow into the sea. The image thus connects the inner world of a glacier with the outside world created by the disappearing ice, a liminal space characterized by ambiguity, uncertainty, being on the threshold of change. The preservation of glaciers is essential for the stability of the global climate system and has crucial significance for the ecological balance of our planet and the well-being of future generations.


Personally liable:
Michael Najjar

Design concept & coding: Matthias Hübner,
with support by Marco Land

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