Jan Herdlicka

Berlin

Born in 1987, in Dachau, Germany Jan Herdlicka has studied photography and interdisciplinary Arts with Anna Strand and Per-Anders Hilgren at K3 Malmo. He is currently working on his PhD thesis at the Institute of Artistic Research (IKB) at Humboldt-Universitat in Berlin, focussing on the sensing of human/nonhuman relations via installation art. He is a member of the Enter Art Foundation, Finding Berlin, Photo Agency Bobsairport, and VG-Bildkunst.

My artistic roots lie in analogue black and white photography. For years I exclusively chose this medium and tried to extend my boundaries with it via experimental approaches such as long and multi exposures or chemical manipulation processes. I noticed that my interest in photography as a means to picture reality was limited and that I furthermore started to use different techniques to create new topics, aesthetics, and compositions.

Many of my works from the early years could be described as being dreamlike and surrealistic. Contentwise these times were dominated by the search for forgotten days und the impossibility to stop time from disappearing. Losing every single moment of my life and working with the recycled and recombined products that are called memories has always been one of my main interests.

The way back to colour photography, which I started to reconnect in 2015, also marked a general artistic extension when it comes to content, techniques, and the use of different media. Since then, I focus more and more on the ever-changing relationship between humans, nature, and technology. My strong interest in ecology and utopian concepts and topics such as climate change, the Anthropocene, or terraforming began to play a dominant role in my artistic approaches that since then included colour photography, collage, mixed media, and installations.