Flights

Flights over Dubai/Sharjah #1, #2, #3 – December 2019

Flights over Dubai/Sharjah #4 – March 2020

Digital Photography, C-Print, mounted on Acrylic, 110 x 220 cm

exhibited at Maraya Art Centre Sharjah, 2020

In three large-scale photographs, aircraft movements over Dubai and Sharjah in 2019 are photographed from different perspectives and positions and digitally superimposed. Although the appearance is mainly black, the visitor sees multicolored lines moving vividly across the black surface, indicating movement and progress. In the pre-Covid period, about 50-80 departures per hour could be expected from all airports in Dubai and Sharjah.

A fourth photo shows an almost black image from March 2020, with only three flight tracks visible. There are only three cargo flights per day from Dubai airport.

The viewer sees what appears to be a different skyscape - because there are almost no more flights, and thus hardly any traces of movement. During the time of the pandemic, the sky space above the observer and thus his perception has completely changed. Familiar ways of seeing and behaving are questioned, controlled and restricted. 

The impression of disorientation when looking at the photographs of airplanes with light trails corresponds to the experience the viewer has when looking at the starry sky at night; he has to orientate himself with a special navigation system. In the panels, the cropping and portrait format reinforce the feeling of losing one's footing in this abstract landscape. And yet, in these photographs, the changes of everyday life can be read out on the basis of limited flight lines.