The moon is a fascinating object. So is space travel. The exhibition was inspired by both. It showed 28 pictures resonating with the cycle of the moon. Here we show a selection.
The photos might also bring a feeling of alienation. Are the astronauts terrestrial? The photos were made during the pandemic, which might strengthen that feeling of solitude. The pandemic itself caused feelings of loneliness and strangeness, but also generated polarization and conspiracy theories. The importance of science was never more obvious, and yet it suffers great pressure.
The fascination for the moon often goes hand in hand with myths and superstition. You’ll find references in the photos to scientific aspects such as the moon's effect on ebb and flow, as well as superstitious and fictional beliefs such as the supposed effects of the moon on agriculture, lunacy, women’s fertility, laundry that would fade with a full moon, people becoming more aggressive during the full moon nights, et cetera.
The moon’s sidereal period—that is, the period of its revolution about earth measured with respect to the stars—is 27,32 days. The time interval in which the phases repeat—say, from full to full—is the solar month, 29.53 days.