Kathrin Ganser

Against the background of multiple ecological and humanitarian crises of our time, Kathrin Ganser explores questions about the perception of space and pictorial space, the supposed perfection of mapped views, the satellite and aerial photographs and 3D images, or the earth observations of Google Earth and Google Maps.

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Lena Fließbach Curator´s Choice

Lena Fließbach is a freelance curator and author for contemporary art, as well as an expert on the topic of sustainability in the art and culture scene, living in Berlin.

For VTph editions, she selected three contemporary photographers – Kathrin Ganser, Alexander Gehring and Anne Schwalbe – who address upheaval, climate change, and the day's issues.

She co-curated the international group exhibition Zero Waste, Museum der bildenden Künste (MdbK), Leipzig, 2020, which minimized and made their CO₂ footprint transparent. Since then, she has worked as a mentor and speaker for sustainability in the cultural sector.

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Alexander Gehring

In the series The Alchemy of Color, Alexander Gehring explores the mysterious creative processes in the photographic darkroom and the relationship between analog photography and alchemy. The reductiveness of the motifs refers to symbols and signs of a past belief in magic. Alexander Gehring's images are not only a tribute to analog photography and the creation of each individual work as an image of the world but also to the irretrievability of nature.

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Anne Schwalbe

The work of Berlin-based artist Anne Schwalbe focuses on nature and nature as a habitat. Above all, her photographic works are quiet and meditative images. Anne Schwalbe finds the extraordinary in the nature surrounding us seemingly as a matter of course. Her analog photographs are mostly close-ups taken in daylight, which she finally pulls off by hand in her lab. The images were taken on her trip through Japan. Anne Schwalbe roamed through gardens, temples, and parks to discover a familiar silence in trees, flowers, or plants in the middle of cities like Kyoto and Tokyo and capture it for us. In Japan, besides Buddhism, the nature religion Shinto is also practiced and shows the deep connection to nature of the Japanese, which is expressed in the reverence and gratitude for natural resources.

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Sarah Straßmann

Special Edition for VTph editions

"Opposite"

Sarah Straßmann's artistic photographic approach deals with objects and space and their relationship of these to each other. In her series Opposite (2009-work in progress), she creates images whose associative strengths deal with the dissolution, disintegration, and de-embedding of things and layers. Objects are part of the ablation of space, time, and identity. 

Currently, some works from the series "The Visitor" can be seen in the group exhibition "Beyond Emscher" in Essen. The show is part of a program focus with which the Zollverein Foundation, the Ruhr Museum, and the Emschergenossenschaft 2022 honor the completed Emscher reconstruction.

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Alexandra Wolframm

Alexandra Wolframm's work focuses on the existential relationship between man and nature and the interaction between vision and imagination. Her focus here is on the aspect of time about human existence and the indifference of nature to the latter. The landscape as an appearance and metaphor of nature is like a counterpart or a mirror. A part of our human existence - yet we are alienated from it.

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Hans-Christian Schink

from the series 1h - 1/03/2010, 4:58 - 5:58 pm, S 06°20.061 E 039°33.193

Hans-Christian Schink (*1961 in Erfurt) is considered one of Germany's most important representatives of contemporary photography. His works are in many important collections worldwide: e.g., the Museum für Moderne Kunst - Berlinische Galerie, DZ Bank Kunstsammlung, Sammlung Deutscher Bundestag, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas, and Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. Numerous exhibitions at home and abroad show his work.

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Göran Gnaudschun

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„Glutnest #01, #02, 2022“

Night after night, he opens the barrel and dumps the ashes from his stove into it. A cloud rises, brick-red in the glow of the yard lights. Tiny points of light in it. Particles not yet extinguished. Walking down the dark hallway, he saw them glowing. First close together, then less and less, like a universe that becomes ceaselessly emptier the further the stars move away from each other. Ultimately, it will be dark when he looks up into the sky.

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Ulrike Kolb

On the occasion of the special exhibition "Marc Chagall. The Modernity of the Decorative" at the Museum Berggruen in Berlin, which brought together Marc Chagall's body of work in the collections of the National Gallery, she went in search of traces: Are the pictures of the artist, who was so extraordinarily popular in the 20th century, still present to the same extent? Where does Chagall's art show up in everyday life today? In the most diverse places of private and public life, Kolb encountered originals, reproductions, and decor inspired by his art.

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Rosenbaum Art Advisory Choice

Julia Rosenbaum studied art history, classical archaeology, and education in Berlin and Rome. She has been working for Deutsche Bank's art department since 2005. With Rosenbaum Art Advisory, Julia Rosenbaum advises private individuals and companies on acquisitions, collection development, and other activities related to contemporary art. As an independent art historian, she curates exhibitions, offers exclusive studio visits, and moderates talks with artists and curators. In addition, as an independent art consultant, she helps people find suitable artwork and make the right purchase decision.

For VTph editions, Julia Rosenbaum selected five artists and photographers – Harf Zimmermann, Friederike von Rauch, Jessica Backhaus, Anna Lehmann-Brauns, and Sonya Schönberger.

EDITIONS

Harf Zimmermann

"THE E"

This series shows the former Buchhändlerhof transformer station in Berlin-Mitte in an intermediate state between a techno club and conversion into an office building and today's E-Werk event and conference center. 

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Friederike von Rauch

"Prussian Wall“

About 100 years ago, the baroque New Palace in Sanssouci Park became a museum. Today's visitors have little idea that beyond the magnificent interiors, the room sequences continue and, for a long time, served as workshops, offices, or depots. These uses have now been removed during a restoration of the palace. Friederike von Rauch was commissioned to capture the atmosphere of the court during this particular transition. An artistic view should capture the essence of this house.

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Jessica Backhaus

"Confinement in Berlin"

Inspired by the quote of Joseph Beuys, "Who does not want to think flies out," a photographic series of 10 motifs was created in 2020.


In cooperation with Diana Poole and Robert Morat Gallery

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Anna Lehmann-Brauns

"Beijing"

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The works reflect particularly vividly the fascination for Beijing at night, about which she says, "...it seemed as if the city began to glow."

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Sonya Schönberger

"Kenyan Roses for the Kingdom"

This photo series "Kenyan Roses for the Kingdom" is part of a research project dedicated to the cut rose industry in Kenya–created in 2019 as part of the Goethe@LUX residency in London. In this 8-part series, the artist explores colonial entanglements and their ecological and social effects to this day.

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