Jessica Backhaus


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Among its endeavors, Aboca has decided to adopt a big estate, the Tenuta Granducale di Montecchio, close to Cortona. The project of recuperating the estate, in its natural and architectural features is at the beginning. And this is what Aboca and Cortona On The Move want to narrate. The start, the first steps, the rebirth. The project on site is a hymn to biodiversity. To the natural flow of nature. To the rhythms and unpredictable happenings that a respected environment offers.

A series of photo commissions, entrusted to a different photographer every year, to accompany the evolution of an extraordinary project to protect the diversity of the territory. Jessica is the photographer who could take the first, soft step into this adventure. The succession of natural and man-made, of old and new, of trial and error. Jessica does not tell a story, she offers the parts of a whole that we can reconstruct on our own. Where everything is intertwined, nothing lives on its own. And Jessica’s images do the same. They are linked by colors, texture, meanings and causes, or effects, while at the same time respecting the unpredictable chaos of nature.

And they leave us the time and space to create and imagine the whole, to grasp the infinite details and to imagine it in its entirety.

Jessica Backhaus (1970, Cuxhaven, Germany) grew up in an artistic family. At the age of sixteen she moved to Paris, where she later studied photography and visual communications. Here she met Gisele Freund in 1992, who became her mentor. In 1995 her passion for photography drew her to New York, where she assisted photographers, pursued her own projects and lived until 2009.

Jessica Backhaus is regarded as one of the most distinguished voices in contemporary photography in Germany today. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin. To date, seven publications to her name.

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