Beyond Eyes, 2019
Galleryprint (Aluverbundplatte Dibond/Delite 3 mm & 3 mm Acrylglas)
80 x 120 cm
Beyond Eyes is a series of portraits of artists who, despite their eye disease, have explored and created visual art. The project arranges the theme into individual fates that simultaneously reflect the life and art of non-sighted artists both pictorially and in terms of content. Beyond Eyes creates the artist portraits by means of video and photographic works.
Portrayed artists are Gerald Pirner, Silja Korn and Arno Frisch.
All work and photographs © Xheni Cuni
About the artist
XHENI ÇUNI is a photographer whose work focuses on themes relating to visual art, people and natural beauty. She has exhibited her work at the Arts Academy of the city of Düsseldorf, Germany, and also in different cities of Germany and worldwide. In addition, in 2011 she received a prize at the Worldwide Photography Gala Awards.
She is currently studying Art and Film at the Düsseldorf Art Academy, Germany. Xheni considers photography to be a visual perception of people and their story. Due to the ongoing globalization process, multiculturalism is a common thing in art production. She perceives an individual both through the lens of her camera and her multicultural background /experience. Her photos tell people’s story, show their inner beauty and help them to discover themselves in a new way.
For an up to date CV including exhibitions, please visit the artist's website
About the work
Loss of vision can occur in many forms. Vision can be impaired in a very specific way, and those affected can go completely or "only" partially blind. Some lose their vision due to illness, others due to an accident. Some are suddenly affected, others gradually over time. Some know the seeing world, others are blind from birth. An artist's individual experience of blindness has a fundamental influence on her life and thus also on her works.
Visual art by people who cannot see. The core of our imagination goes beyond visible things, it affects all senses. Visually impaired artists therefore construct their works from other information available to them. They use sound, smell, their sense of touch and taste and rely on them. Intuition, feeling and assistance, sometimes memory, play a decisive role. Especially the haptics but also the other senses try to compensate the loss of sight. The creative process of a visually impaired artist is therefore impressive and tangibly different in the truest sense of the word.
There is no form of 'blind' art or aesthetics that could claim to show the seeing world how the non-sighted see it. But why do blind people produce works that they cannot see themselves?
The text in German can be found on the artist's website
Artist website: https://xheni.com