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Emmanuel Bornstein

Press release

Emmanuel Bornstein – Clinamen

With the term “clinamen,” the Roman poet Lucretius described the cause for the emergence of all new things, both in a physical-material and in a spiritual-philosophical respect. In Lucretius’s view, the world consists of the smallest particles, constantly in free fall. Due to random or controlled aberrations—Greek and Latin: clinamen—they collide. It is only like this, Lucretius believed, that new matter or insights can be created.

In the pictures of Emmanuel Bornstein, we also find the idea of a world that appears to be coherent and holistic at first sight, but in reality consists of shreds, particles, and fragments. His work, too, is often about the falling, disintegration, and bursting of supposedly stable structures, about the constant eroding or imploding of power arrangements and systems of order, at the small as at the big scale, in private as well as in society at large.