Rosenbaum Art Advisory Choice

Harf Zimmermann

"The E" was created on the edge of a commissioned work in 2001. It shows the former Buchhändlerhof transformer station in Berlin-Mitte in an intermediate state between a techno club and conversion by private owners into an office building and today's E-Werk event and conference center.

Without a nostalgic look, they are testimonies of Berlin's industrial age, whose traces have almost disappeared today. Parallel to the commission from SPM Technologies at the time, hundreds of black-and-white motifs were created on Polaroid film PN55. Of these, 20 motifs have been exclusively selected by Zimmermann, enlarged in analog on traditional silver gelatine paper, and developed. They are of high craftsmanship and stand for another important chapter in the oeuvre of Harf Zimmermann.

Harf Zimmermann (*1955, Dresden) is considered one of Germany's most important representatives of large-format photography. In his work, he pursues grown traces, which also come to the surface of things through countless layers of time. Harf Zimmermann's images have an inherent static, final quality that takes the actual content further out of its temporal context and thus removes it from the moment of capture. Insensitive to transfiguring nostalgia and backward-looking longing, his series are fluid documents of a rapidly changing society.


Friederike von Rauch

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. Friederike von Rauch was commissioned to capture the atmosphere of the palace during this unique transition; an artistic view should capture the essence of this house.

The series "PREUSSISCHE WAND" bears witness to how Friederike von Rauch captures the special during countless forays through the palace - in detail and in grand pictorial gesture. 

Friederike von Rauch (*1967, Freiburg, Germany) works with the medium of photography. She trained as a silversmith and studied industrial design at the University of the Arts in Berlin before working as a location scout for international film productions at the Potsdam Babelsberg film studios. Since the early 2000s, she has concentrated on her own artistic work: quiet, sometimes reduced photographs with extraordinary views of particular places, whose spatial atmosphere she delves into image series, such as museums, monasteries, and churches, as well as industrial buildings. Friederike von Rauch has realized numerous solo exhibitions. In 2008, she was invited by architect David Chipperfield to provide a photographic interpretation of his museum project in Berlin. Von Rauch's works are in numerous private and public collections, such as the Bundestag Collection, the Deutsche Bank Collection, the Hess Art Collection, and the Royal Netherlands Collection. Friederike von Rauch lives and works in Berlin.


Sonya Schönberger

"Kenyan Roses for the Kingdom" is part of a research work dedicated to the cut rose industry in Kenya, created in 2019 as part of the Goethe@LUX residency in London.
 Her titles Aldi, TESCO Express, Waitrose, coop, Little Waitrose, M&S Victoria Mainline, M&S, Euston Road, and M&S Oxford St. refer to the place where Schönberger acquired the roses to later photograph them in her studio.

The photo series "Moss" was created in 2018 during a residency in Blackstad, Sweden. Surrounded by forests and moss landscapes, Schönberger focuses her gaze on this plant in its various manifestations, shaping them into design objects and naming them accordingly Aalto, Arabia, Iittala, Laholm, Pukeberg, and Töreboda.

Sonya Schönberger (b. 1975) combines her studies in anthropology and experimental media design in her artistic practice.

Depending on the project, the artist consciously uses different media such as photography, theater, film, installation, or audio formats. Schoenberger's work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Germany and abroad. She has received several awards and participated in funding programs, including from the Goethe Institute in Nairobi and London.
In 2022 she was a fellow of the Villa Aurora in Los Angeles. Sonya Schönberger lives and works in Berlin.


Jessica Backhaus

The edition "Confinement in Berlin" by artist Jessica Backhaus was created in April 2020 during the first lockdown of the Covid 19 pandemic in cooperation with curator Diana Poole. Inspired by Joseph Beuys' quote, "Whoever doesn't want to think flies out", some specific works such as "Earth Telephone", 1967, "Capri Battery", 1985, or "Chair with Grease", 1963, are also the starting point for the 10 motifs in the series. As before, Backhaus, as a prominent voice in contemporary photography, once again creates powerful, poetic work that expresses her passion for color and form. Backhaus described the crisis as "a moment of pause and reflection" and a time for experimentation; her latest edition casts an optimistic eye toward the future.

Jessica Backhaus (*1970, Cuxhaven, Germany) is considered one of Germany's most important representatives of contemporary photography. In search of new means of expression, Jessica Backhaus varies in her photographic work between documentation and abstraction. The artist deals with objects and situations of everyday life and repeatedly views the world through her camera from unusual perspectives. Her free play with materials has recently also given rise to staged still lifes, collages, and minimalist experiments with color and light.


Anna Lehmann-Brauns

In 2019, Anna Lehmann-Brauns lived in Beijing on a scholarship. The first time she stayed in a traditional Hutong; later, she lived in a huge high-rise building. Beijing did not change into familiarity until the end of her time there. The series "Beijing" captures this strangeness. But the works reflect Anna Lehmann-Braun's fascination for nocturnal Beijing particularly vividly, about which she says " seemed as if the city began to glow.“

Anna Lehmann-Brauns (*1967, Berlin) is a photographer whose work explores space as a site of subjective and collective memory. Some of her areas are found, others constructed in miniature. People are absent from her often colorful, large-scale, and fragmentary images. They remain recognizable only indirectly in their imaginary traces. Anna Lehmann-Brauns works with a medium format camera and tripod, creating concentrated compositions. Her work can be located at the interface of painting.

Lehmann-Brauns studied photography at the Academy of Visual Arts (HGB) in Leipzig with Joachim Brohm. Her work has won several awards and is exhibited nationally and internationally.