Juergen Teller “Leg, Snails and Peaches" at Suzanne Tarasieve
This exhibition takes its title from one of his recent series, “Leg, snails and peaches, London 2017.” At the gallery entrance, “Leg, snails and peaches No.25, London 2017” shows Teller lying on the ground wearing shorts and a hoodie in the blue of the European flag, on which the twelve stars symbolizing the countries of the EU have been reduced to eleven, following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom. On the floor with him are peaches, some of them cut in two, and he is holding a mobile phone in camera mode. The thirty-odd works in “Leg, snails, and peaches” certainly constitute an ensemble “about loving life.” Teller?s photography is characterized by its benevolence and humility, two feelings that always come across in the way he deals with his subjects. His manner depicts a period structured by power and trials of strength by making radical use of strategies based on the exact opposite. Teller is never ironic with the objects, landscapes and persons he photographs – he usually keeps that treatment for himself alone.