space voyagers


Format 1: 132 x 202 cm / 52 x 79.5 in, edition of 6 + 2 AP
Format 2: 67 x 102 cm / 26.3 x 40.2 in, edition of 6 + 2 AP
Hybrid photography, archival pigment print, aludibond, diasec, custom-made aluminium frame

The work “space voyagers” portrays the crew of TMA-14M, which left earth in a Soyuz Spaceship on 25th of September 2014. Barry Wilmore, Alexander Samokutajew and Jelena Serowa blasted off in the famous Soyuz Rocket from Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan heading for the International Space Station (ISS). After a whole year of intense training and preparations, the launch day is the probably the most exciting day in the life of a cosmonaut or astronaut. During an official goodbye ceremony conducted by the head of the Russian Space Agency and an orthodox priest, the cosmonauts had to confirm that they were “ready to leave the planet”.

The artwork “space voyagers” shows the three cosmonauts the moment they say goodbye to planet Earth before entering their spaceship. These three individuals will have the rare opportunity to watch our planet from space during a six-month stay on board the ISS. The kind of excitement and joy this unique moment brings is written in their faces. The visual composition separates the three cosmonauts from their usual environment and anticipates what will happen in the next moment – liftoff from planet Earth, escape from its gravitational field.


Personally liable:
Michael Najjar

Design concept & coding: Matthias Hübner,
with support by Marco Land

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