Samuel Matzig’s work, classic through both the medium and the theme, is imposing, expressive and evocative of transformation: the natural transformation that the photographer repetitively turns into an object, by isolating scenes seemingly unexceptional and presenting them to the viewer as an elements’ fight constantly building our surroundings into shape. Strikingly deprived of a human presence, Nature in Matzig’s work appears as strong, forceful and threatening. It appears like a character, bigger than man and all-mighty. Forceful, aggressive and wild as much as ancient and slow. It is this contrast of movement and stillness, of the origins and the future, the change and the constant, that remind us our own evolution and essence. Samuel Matzig (b. 1983 in Mels, Switzerland) is based in Switzerland and Portugal. He studied photography and visual communication at Ar.co in Lisbon.
– 2018, Stilles Wesen -Silent being, Galeria Ibirapi Contemporânea, Lisbon
– 2017, Tobel, Galeria EdgeArts, Lisbon
– 2018, Natura Sapiens, Galeria Ibirapi Contemporânea, Lisbon
– 2017, Cliché-verre, Galeria Diferença, Lisboa
– 2015, Ar.co bolseiros & finalistas 2014, Museu de Lisboa - Palacio pimenta