until 11.08. | #3496ARTatBerlin | Galerie feinart berlin presents from 30. June 2022 the exhibition women things with photographies by the artist Christian Wewerka.
The photographs by Christian Wewerka, to which the exhibition is dedicated, are erotic stagings of young women: sometimes quietly observing, sometimes sensual, sometimes provocative, always direct and without any fear of clichés.
Since 2019, the photographer has been working with the scenic confrontation of his female models, who are usually hardly or only sparsely clad, with significant objects: antique furniture, a coffee set, a teddy bear or a feather headdress from the variety show. Comparable to theater or film, a frame situation is staged for each shooting, in which Wewerka then develops expressive positions together with the model. This scenic approach, which turns an arranged situation into a stage for spontaneous communication between model and photographer, is the focus of the exhibition.
Christian Wewerka takes the inspiration for this strategy of photographic direction from acting practice. He began his own career as an actor in the early 1980s at Berlin’s OFF theatres under the influence of well-known national and international teachers such as Geraldine Baron and Keith Johnstone. He was in front of the camera for the first time in 1989 for the feature film “Die Reise ohne Wiederkehr” by Alexandra von Grote. Between 1990 and 2003 he was under contract with various German theatres and played in more than 70 theatre productions with directors such as Walter Schmidinger, Wolfgang Hofmann, Oliver Vorwerk, Johannes Klaus and Dietrich Hollinderbäumer. Since his leading role in the RTL television series „Verschollen“ from 2003 to 2004, he worked in numerous film and television productions as well as engagements as a speaker for radio (BR2), dubbing (Mike Hammer, Vale Tudo, etc.), advertising (Focus Radiowerbung) and video games (e.g. in the PC role-playing game series Gothic).
Christian Wewerka bought his first camera, a Canon, in 1979, then a Nikon f301, with which he took a lot of photographs including the darkroom processing, while building up his acting career in the 1980s. Equipped with a Canon 5d, the focus has been on portrait photography since 2017, first of actors, then more and more of specially hired models. From this collaboration, nude photography and the scenic approach gradually developed.
Wewerka’s photographs are given a painterly character through the way he uses light and a deliberately economical composition of color and form. The reduced design of the pictorial spaces is reminiscent here and there of Lost Places: places in nowhere, places that have fallen out of time — perhaps like some of the fantasies that can be found in them.
There is a peculiar tension between the intimacy and the simultaneous remoteness of the female body in the pictures. What they show in terms of erotic appeal and the provocation of nudity is softened by Wewerka’s feeling for the protagonists’ inwardness. By this, the boundaries between strength and vulnerability, authenticity and play, devotion and pride become blurred.
Opening: Thursday 30. June 2022, 5:00 to 9:00 pm. 7:00 pm: Cello Performance by Thilo Thomas Krieger and Shibari Session with Kristýna Vajnerová and Majkl Ardent
Exhibition dates: Thursday, 30. June 2022 until Thursday, 11. August 2022
Finissage: Thursday, 11. August 2022, 5:00 bis 9:00 pmTo the Gallery
Image caption title: Christian Wewerka, Kerry 2021 © C.W.
Exhibition Christian Wewerka – Galerie feinart berlin | Zeitgenössische Kunst Berlin – Contemporary Art – Exhibitions Berlin Galleries | ART at Berlin