The Smell of Rain
21. 04. – 21. 05. 2023
The Smell of Rain

The Smell of Rain

Julia Charlotte Richter

PYLON is pleased to present the online viewing of ’The Smell of Rain“ by Julia Charlotte Richter, starting on April 21, 2022.

"(...) Julia Charlotte Richter's work transcends individual perception; she uses archetypal symbols that work on the level of the unconscious and set hidden emotional components oscillating there. We can somehow "understand" the protagonists of her video works without, however, understanding exactly what is actually going on inside the figures. In every viewer there remains a residue of incomprehension that correlates with the artist's imagery. The residue of incomprehension is what the viewers projectively expand due to the incomplete narrative. Julia Charlotte Richter's narratives are precisely not stories in the classical sense and therefore ensure that the viewers complete the images into larger stories by connecting to their own experiences. This is where the aesthetic experience begins for all of us and - in the broadest sense - a renewed plunge into the maelstrom." (Stefan Ewald)

Julia Charlotte Richter (*1982 in Gießen, Germany) is a contemporary video artist. She studied Fine Art in Kassel (Germany), Portsmouth (UK), and Braunschweig (Germany).Her works have been shown internationally in numerous screenings and exhibitions, including Georgian National Museum Tbilisi, Filmfestival Max-Ophüls-Preis Saarbrücken, Kunsthaus NRW Kornelimünster, Shortfilmfestival Hamburg, B3 Biennial of the Moving Image Frankfurt or Coreana Museum of Art in Seoul.

She received different scholarships such as the residency Young Art in Essen (Kunstring Folkwang/Kunsthaus Essen) in 2012 or a working grant by Stiftung Kunstfonds in 2014. In 2017 she received a project grant from the Kunststiftung NRW as well as a travel grant from the Hessische Kulturstiftung. She is currently working on her project The gift of being prepared which was funded by Hessenfilm as well as on a collaborative project with Lisa Seebach, funded by Stiftung Kunstfonds.

The online presentation is kindly supported by Landeshauptstadt Dresden - Amt für Kultur und Denkmalschutz and Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen.

Gefördert durch die Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen. Diese Maßnahme wird mitfinanziert durch Steuermittel auf der Grundlage des vom Sächsischen Landtag beschlossenen Haushaltes.

The Smell of Rain

15:00 min, 2015

Three grey-haired business executives find themselves in a dusty German basement party room. But the party is over. They aren't friends. Strange sounds penetrate the walls. A tiny helicopter circles around their heads. A large flat-screen TV shows mysterious sequences. In the underground, shelter and prison at the same time, gestures and power relations of the business world no longer count. They are condemned to stay where fire spits its flames into their helpless minds.

“You are riding a tiger and you don't know how to get off without being eaten.” (Ramalinga Raju, former top manager)