The project “In the Orbit of El Teide” is a visual and psychological approach to the notion of the perspective. The project focuses on the question of what can be seen, or how much information can be gathered, from only one single point of view, versus the information, visual or abstract, one could gather by orbiting an object, question or focus point. Like pieces in a puzzle, every image from “In the Orbit of El Teide” holds different visual aspects of the same subject, in this case the mountain El Teide. But other than a piece in a puzzle, each image appears to strongly stand on its own. And it is only through looking at these images one-by-one that one realizes how much more information, visual aspects, perspectives or stories-to-be-told there are to just one single mountain—or to any subject matter, basically.
Meike Nixdorf, born 1976, is a German visual artist. She holds a B.Sc. in Psychology from Berlin University (FU) and was educated in photography and video at the International Center of Photography during her three year stay in New York, 2005-2008. Her work has been exhibited in the USA, UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Brazil and Guatemala and is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro (MAM) and the Southeast Museum of Photography. She has been showing her work at several international photofestivals like the Noorderlicht Photofestival and GuatePhoto. Meike has received several awards, amongst others she has been a Hey Hot Shot and Critical Mass finalist. Recently her work was featured by The New Yorker and chosen for Review Santa Fe 2014. Meike´s main interest lies in examining and raising questions about perception, the perspective and the interaction of both.