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Das Nahe und die Ferne

Photography and space

6 April - 12 May 2013

"The photograph of the missing being will touch me like the delayed rays of a star."
Roland Barthes

The exhibition presents photographic works that express a particular feeling for space and thereby challenge and expand our perception of reality. The artists explore boundaries between what seems fact-based and real on the one hand and what seems more distant, presumed or desired. Their photography remains true to its tradition of depicting what has been seen. Images arise from inside the camera, without technical modifications or manipulations.
Despite – or even due to – their reality-related and technically understandable photography the works radiate something slightly beyond our grasp.

Opening on 05/04/2013

Participating artists:

Denis Darzacq (F)
Sanna Kannisto (FI)
Cristina de Middel (ES)
Regine Petersen (D)
Linn Schröder (D)
Trine Sondergaard / Nicolai Howalt (DK)
Kim Sperling (D)
Bernadette Wolbring (D)

> article and video by Innenstadt Ostblog

Denis Darzacq

With his prize-winning project "La Chute" (The Fall), 2005-06, french photographer Denis Darzacq manages to overcome space and time, thereby connecting a political statement with astonishing imagery. Referring to the explosive and violent social climate in many French suburbs at the time, Darzacqs "fallers" seem aesthetically close to some of the most shocking images of September 9/11. (Arno Schidlowski)
The work recieved a World Press Photo Award in the arts category.

La Chute No.19, from the series La Chute, 2005-06

Sanna Kannisto

For her photographs, Sanna Kannisto (*1974) ventured into the Latin-American rainforest, where she spent months in research camps with scientists, conducting her own artistic research. In her subjective perspective on the multifarious, exotic fauna and flora of the rainforest, the artist adopts the supposedly objective research and working methods of science, exposing them, however, in her emphasis on the staged and artificial.

Chlorophanes spiza, 2010, 74 x 92 cm

Cristina de Middel

In 1964, still living the dream of their recently gained independence, Zambia started a space program that would put the first African on the moon catching up with the USA and the Soviet Union in the space race. Only a few optimists supported the project by Edward Makuka, the school teacher in charge of presenting the ambitious program and getting its necessary funding. But the financial aid never came, as the United Nations declined their support, and one of the astronauts, a 16 year old girl, got pregnant and had to quit. That is how the heroic initiative turned into an exotic episode of African history, surrounded by wars, violence, droughts and hunger.
As a photojournalist I have always been attracted by the eccentric lines of story-telling, avoiding the same old subjects told in the same old ways. Now, with my personal projects, I respect the basis of the truth but allow myself to break the rules of veracity, trying to push the audience into analyzing the patterns of the stories we consume as real.
Her self-published book "The Afronauts" has recently been nominated for Deutsche Boerse Photography Prize 2013.

Iko Iko, from the series The Afronauts, 2012.

Regine Petersen

"Stars Fell on Alabama" is the first chapter in Regine Petersen's work on meteorites titled "Find a Falling Star". Taking the incident of a woman struck by a meteorite in her Alabama home in 1954 as a starting point, Petersen's work became an investigation touching memory and history, magic and mortality; human relationships and religion; race and slavery. Rather than a reconstruction of the events, her work is a collection of traces and an attempt to create a link between the ordinary and the sublime.
For her work, Regine Petersen was nominated for Rencontres d'Arles Discovery Award and recieved the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation Bursary 2012.

Serpent, from the series Stars fell on Alabama, 2012, C-type print, 30 x 36.5 cm

Linn Schröder

»At one point I was in a shopping mall that was supposed to represent New York. A street with a few doorways and steps leading up to the doors. By chance, the street had the same name as the one I had stayed on in New York, Greenwich Street. On the replica street, there was a cafeÅL where a family was sitting with a little girl. The little girl got up after a while and started knocking on the doors in the facade. She knocked and called out, “Is anyone there?” The family laughed, but there was actually something eerie about it.«

O.T.#08, »To Bejewel«, 2009, Lambdachrome Print, 108 x 89 cm, 5+2 AP

Trine Sondergaard & Nicolai Howalt

»Dying Birds« is a collaborative work by Danish artists Trine Søndergaard and Nicolai Howalt that consists of several images showing birds falling from the sky. The series of photogravures is affiliated with their project »How to Hunt«.

Trine Søndergaard & Nicolai Howalt: Dying Birds, 2007-09, photogravure, 52 x 45 cm., ed. of 18
Courtesy Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen and Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York

Kim Sperling

In the last 60 years Korea sent about 200.000 children out to be adopted. Since the 1990s, more and more adoptees decide to return and stay permanently in Korea. Living in a country that is foreign to them means facing many challenges considering the lack of language and cultural knowledge.
In my series "uri nara" I have photographed and interviewed these returning adoptees since 2007. The combination of western names and eastern appearance gives an idea about the difficulties in search of personal and national identity.
The title "uri nara" is Korean and means "our country". In everyday life it is used as a synonym for Korea. In the context of the work it can be understood as a question if the idea of "our country" has been fulfilled for the adoptees.
The work has been awarded with the Wuestenrot Foundation Prize for Documentary Photography.

Robin Hinson, USA, from the series uri nara, 2007-08

Bernadette Wolbring

Starting point for the "camera" series are paintings that Bernadette Wolbring reduces to the main characteristics of their light flow. Her "interpretative reproduction" results are printed out, installed in miniature model rooms, and photographed.
Using her "camera", the artist connects and transfers painted light with real lightning in a miniature model architecture. With her media interaction approaching the phenomenon "light", Wolbrings photographs question the origin of images.

Bernadette Wolbring, „Camera II“ from the series „Camera“, 2007/2008, 90x98,5 cm

Concept and Organisation: Jens Sundheim and Arno Schidlowski

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