Lukas Hoffmann’s photographs shimmer out at us with their cool, even icy colors. Especially the barren landscape in Hinterberg, Steinhausen leaves viewers with a slight chill even as it fascinates us with its sense of mystery. Although the geographic information in the title suggests a specific location (“behind the mountain,” Steinhausen), it literally refers to a remote place outside of Steinhausen (in the canton of Zug in central Switzerland). Hoffmann’s pictures depict unobtrusive places located somewhere at the edge of civilization, such as a cluster of shrubbery between train tracks and a forest’s edge. By connecting forms of vegetation with living spaces, Hoffmann explores the coexistence of humans and nature.
b. 1981 (Zug, CH), lives and works in Berlin, DE