Anna Katharina Scheidegger is a Swiss artist (1976). After her graduation at the ENSAD (Ecole Nationale Supérieur des Arts Décoratifs Paris in 2003, she went on to study at Le Fresnoy, the national school of contemporary art. The work of Anna Katharina questions urban phenomenas, architectural signs, the link between architecture, power and society, memory and future. Her photographs are part of the National Fund of Contemporary Arts of France, la maison européen de la photographie in Paris, the collection Société Général and the Ing Real Estate Photography Collection.

Wrapped Coldness

Landskrona Art Gallery Park
19-28 August 2016

Glaciers throughout the Alps are losing one percent of their mass every year. Even without any acceleration to this rate, the glaciers will have all but disappeared by the end of the century.

Engineers have applied diverse techniques in order to slow down or stop the glaciers melting – or even to make them grow again. One experimental method injects water into the glacier through numerous drillings in the ice. Another approach is to paint the rocks around the glacier white in order to diminish the absorption of sunlight by the ice. Other strategies include the creation of artificial ice and the building of wind-cutting walls.

Every summer since 2005, several glaciers in Switzerland have been partially wrapped in white tarpaulin. Some of these arrangements look like art installations, recalling the work of Christo. Exposed to the mountain, one becomes aware of the smallness of one’s existence, while at the same time experiencing the sublime feeling of being part of a delicate balance where everything has a specific worth and necessity; the earth, the sun, the water, the wildlife and mankind in vital symbiosis.

“The making of Wrapped Coldness made me discover the eco-scientific strategies carried out for the preservation of glaciers in Switzerland,” says Anna Katharina Scheidegger. “They are so desperate that they inspire tenderness and compassion towards mankind, who is dedicating to these seemingly frivolous actions. Images of tarpaulins on glaciers and of the painted mountains recall the work of an inconsolable Sisyphus. It seems that their allegorical potential is just as strong as that of mythological figures.”