Boris Eldagsen


Boris Eldagsen


Boris Eldagsen's photographs explore the limits of what can be depicted. They utilise the external reality, to paint the inner reality, that of the unconscious, archetypical and unspoken. Without excessive materials or digital effects,Eldagsen combines street with staged photography and recreates spectacular and dreamlike images. The photographic mediums of light and shade become symbolic of the spaces between, those that are inaccessible to the rational mind and compel the viewer to resort to their own memories and feelings.

Beyond what is fashionable and current, Eldagsen creates alchemical connections between painting, film and theatre that defy categorisation.


Eldagsen’s video works are either extensions of the photographic work and as such called VIDEO POEMS – or explorations of a timeless human phenomenon: the urge to lose oneself. The list is endless, depending on time, culture and imagination. Each video and installation belonging to this body of work is therefore called THE SCHOOL OF [...]


Berlin-based artist Boris Eldagsen studied photography and conceptual art at the Art Academies of Mainz, Prague and Hyderabad / India, and philosophy at the Universities of Cologne and Mainz. He has been visiting most European countries, the US, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan. From 2003 – 2010 he lived between Berlin and Melbourne / Australia.

Eldagen's photomedia work has been shown internationally in institutions and festivals such as Fridericianum Kassel, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, CCP Melbourne, ACP Sydney, EMAF Osnabrück, Videonale Bonn, Edinburgh Art Festival, Athens Video Art Festival, Kuyre Istanbul, Media Forum Moscow, WRO Media Art Biennale Wroclaw, Biennale Le Havre and Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth.

In 2013 he has been awarded the Prix Voies Off / Arles for the strength of his photo work “how to disappear completely / THE POEMS”.

Boris has lectured at Centre for Ideas - Victorian College of the Arts & Music / Melbourne, Photography Studies College Melbourne, Akademie für Bildende Künste Mainz, Bauhaus University Weimar, Hochschule Furtwangen, Sommerakademie of Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Westlicht Wien, F/Stop Leipzig, Centre for Contemporary Photography Melbourne, RMIT University Melbourne and Monash University Melbourne.