Rahel Krabichler is a swiss photographer working on commissions as well as personal projects, exploring, challenging and disturbing the ordinary and cliche knowledge of identity and interconnections.
Rahel is based in the suburbs of Berne, Switzerland where she lives with her son in a small apartment on the border to countryside. From the balcony you can see people jumping of the 10 meter diving platform.
„I am not collecting memories. I don’t try to preserve whats happening by producing images like canning surplus ripe fruits in autumn. My theme is not really my small family, not my son or my girlfriend or even Switzerland. Its not about photography either.
What I do is looking for mirrors; finding in the outside symbols and reflections of all the stuff convulsing, moving and hiding inside me. I never was good in knowing who I am and whenever I tried to define and be myself by fencing me off from the rest of the world, I failed and lost connection completely. When i tried to look solely inside myself, i got scared. Then I changed my tactic and started bringing together the strangeness of the inside and the outside. As well as. My own and the others. The whole oddly interconnected thing called life.
The themes are so big and old, so scary, I feel I need maximal reduction to have a chance to create understandable results without getting lost in meaningless details or mawkish old stories. So I stay close and follow the few people who are really near to me and go for the places in my neighborhood and the ones on my way. I choose the limited two-dimensional black and white photography as my tool and I work with no additional light or technical frippery. It sometimes feels a bit like making contact with smoke signals instead of Skype.
I work with whatever moves me. Not much concept behind, not much thinking. I don’t really stage things, they happen while we are together – and I am influencing part of what happens. Most of the time, I take pictures with my only son, my father or my girlfriend. And after a while i start to edit and find new connections revealing themselves. It just did not end until now. I have not arrive yet – so I carry on.“
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