Walls of Suzhou Gardens: A Photographic Journey

Lars Muller Publishers

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In The Walls of Suzhou Gardens, surface transforms into space; walls become landscapes. At the Classical Gardens of Suzhou in China, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Swiss French photographer Helene Binet captures the traces of environmental influences on built structures. Her impressive series of photography shows how weather and time have turned blank walls into vivid depictions of nature. In Binet's images, architecture becomes the frame for imaginary landscapes. By interweaving foreground and background, the artist tells stories that shift between the two dimensions of the plane and the three dimensions of space. In an accompanying essay, architect Juhani Pallasmaa captures the dream-like quality of the photographs and emphasizes Binet's skill of balancing precision and vagueness to create images that stimulate the viewer's imagination.