Marion Wenzel: ÜBER DEN TAGEBAU WITZNITZ, 1994, Aerial photograph of the open cast mine Witznitz, Courtesy Kunstfonds des Freistaates Sachsen / Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.
Marion Wenzel’s photos were taken while flying over the open-cast mine. The aerial shots show abstract forms: an interplay of machine-made landscape and its erosion through water, wind and the deterioration of the unstable mine dumps—formerly firm geological structures. Slides, breaks and ditches caused by dysfunctional statics and the weather, by the fills and tilling of the conveyors. Marion Wenzel has been dealing for two decades with the structures and temporal processes of change in active mining and the “disused” post-mining landscapes in a kind of photographic long-term project. Her picture series sometimes span several years.
Marion Wenzel was born in 1958. From 1977-1979 she was trained to become a photographer and then studied photography at the HGB in Leipzig under Evelyn Richter, among others. She is currently the collection photographer of the University of Leipzig.
Kunstfonds des Freistaates Sachsen / Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden