Out of the Darkness
How do cities heal? We step “Out of the Darkness”
Limited edition archival pigment prints
40″ x 40″ – editions of 6 + AP
24″ x 24″ – editions of 10 + AP
Out of the Darkness is a series of commemorative, documentary and aesthetically pleasing works based on how cities heal after a tragedy.
Each creation is a manipulation of a single rectangular source image which is captured, site specific, in the different cities represented. The image undergoes a transformation of multiple iterations and layering in order to create the vibrant geometry, representative of our collective humanity.
The circle is a line without a beginning or end. It can be seen as a symbol of wholeness and perfection, or of power, motion and time.
How do we save the light of the ones we lost and of those who are forever marked by the event? How do we find that courage and resilience to continue? Moreover, how do we dispel the darkness?
This series, Out of the Darkness, provides an intelligent way of initiating a discussion on the tragedies of random violence without the use of representational graphic imagery. In these images, we see beyond the chaos and destruction and find a way to reconnect with ourselves, with each other and with our living spaces.
Each piece is titled by the city and the date of the event. It is up to the viewer to discover the connections.
Toronto-based photo artist Thomas Brasch documents international locations that have witnessed acts of violence. He takes photographs of notable architectural landmarks, in order to create iridescent jewel-like abstractions. He wants to demonstrate, that despite the abhorrent tragedy and irrecoverable loss of human life, resilience and survival can rise up and radiate, after the chaos of rage and terror.
This series made its debut during Contact 2018, in Toronto. Since 2015, he has been developing and refining his technique. His process includes researching incidents and scouting the cities to find an appropriate source image. In the studio, hours are dedicated to editing and manipulating to achieve the final image.
Thomas seeks to donate an Artist Proof of each image to the respective organizations that are creating memorials for these events.