“the uncanny: ‘that class of terrifying which leads back to something long known to us, once very familiar”
As early as 1835, the German philosopher Friedrich Schelling wrote of “das Unheimliche”, the uncanny, as ‘everything that ought to have remained hidden and secret and has become visible’.
Years later, Sigmund Freud ‘felt impelled’ to investigate the uncanny in relation to aesthetics. Freud saw there was a common thread to everything that arouses our sense of the uncanny: it ‘is that class of terrifying which leads back to something long known to us, once very familiar’.
The hand-numbered publication has a limited run of 500 copies, and includes works by David Claerbout, Elger Esser, Jeff Wall, Jorg Sasse, Julie Monaco, Sonja Braas, Joel Sternfeld and Stephen Shore. Each artist has over their own process of manipulating the photographic image, inviting us to marvel at the many ways the uncanny can occur in photographic works.