1977, Pétange, Luxembourg, lives in Luxembourg and Berlin, Germany.
Justine Blau's approach is multidisciplinary, creating works inspired by the photographic medium. Her practice deals with everyday life observations and research, exploring ideas related to identity, cultural traditions, social interactions and childhood memories. In her landscape series, Blau speaks of voyaging and the imaginary of Arcadian representations in critical conceptual terms. Her landscape models, meticulously put together from images gleaned off the Web, invite us to discover a fictive space. While by definition the model sketches what exists or will exist, in this series it materializes the concentrated illusions generated by the Web. The series confronts us with the question of representation – a continuous imbalance between an existing thing and a constructed whole, between the original and its translation, between the familiar and the unknown. Somewhere Else also evokes the vain search for the exotic and an elsewhere in a globalised world now shrinking as it is explored via Google Earth from a laptop – somewhere and here, a ubiquity in which the moment seems to constantly escape the place and vice-versa.
(Excerpt from ‘Ecotone – Cna', 2009–2010, curated by Michèle Walerich)