"Every Saturday a flock of birds flies over the village. It lasts twenty to thirty minutes. One can hear the characteristic flapping of wings- in unison, when the doves are flying in a straight formation, and disorderly, when they are following the leading dove into a turn. The doves are colored so that their breeders can tell them apart in competitions. The birds have something peaceful, soft, but at the same time vulgar about them. For the first little while, because of their unusual coloring I believed that I was seeing a flock of parrots, out for their weekly wing stretch."
Eintracht, signifying ‘harmony’ or ‘unity’, is a series of photographs of birds in flight taken in the small town of Cañada Pareja, Spain. Over a period of three months in early 2003, Mädler took thousands of photographs of birds, tracking their movements with hunter-like precision. Consisting of grids, pairs and single prints, the series is the product of both sustained looking and of distillation.
Mädler worked for one year at the Villa Massimo in Rome and by process of selection thousands of images became hundreds, then one hundred, then a final selection and arrangement of the current installation was made, with consideration taken to vary groupings, presentation methods and sizes. The resulting installation is a balance between the observation or classification of birds and the compositional freedom of capturing birds in flight. The imposition of grids and the format of the frame itself seem to question the ability to capture such elusive subject matter. Eintracht speaks to the possible harmony between the inherent freedom of nature and our ongoing obsession with to structuring it.