Noir Complex
Wolfgang Fetz/Maik Schlüter

With photographs by Andreas Schulze, Clare Strand, David Deutsch,
Amy Patton, Caroline Hake, Marco Poloni, Jerry Berndt, Charles Gaines,
Laura Bielau.

60 pp.
saddle stitching

Leipzig April, 2010
ISBN: 9783940064035
Edition Number: 1

Width: 17.1 cm
Length: 29.5 cm

Language(s): English, German

Wolfgang Fetz, Maik Schlüter


In an autobiographical piece from 1993 US author James Ellroy quotes C.G. Jung: »What is not brought to consciousness, arrives with us as fate.« This is Noir: the suspense that is created between determination and analysis, instruction and destruction, trappings and escapes. C.G. Jung’s dictum can be summarised as such: nobody can avoid the task of unraveling the mystery of their own lives. Those who are not willing to face the facts today will eventually be haunted by the echoes of their past. Their own fate becomes their centre of attention. The dispositions of one’s own biography turn into compulsive behaviour. Says Lemmy Caution in Alphaville: »You don’t understand anything and in the end you die from it.«
(Taken from the accompanying essay »noir complex/complex noir« by Maik Schlüter)