post-title Katja Liebmann | Berlin London New York – retrospektiv I | Galerie Dittmar | 24.01.-10.03.2020

Katja Liebmann | Berlin London New York – retrospektiv I | Galerie Dittmar | 24.01.-10.03.2020

Katja Liebmann | Berlin London New York – retrospektiv I | Galerie Dittmar | 24.01.-10.03.2020

Katja Liebmann | Berlin London New York – retrospektiv I | Galerie Dittmar | 24.01.-10.03.2020

until 10.03. | #2682ARTatBerlin | Galerie Dittmar presents since 24th January 2020 the exhibition Berlin London New York – retrospektiv I with photographies by the artist Katja Liebmann as the first part of an exhibition series.

Katja Liebmann, born in Halle an der Saale in 1965, studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Nuremberg from 1989-91, at the Kunsthochschule Berlin in 1995 and at the Royal College of Art London (Master of Fine Arts) from 1997-98. She first attracted attention in the mid-nineties with the series Gotham City, which was purchased by the Saatchi Collection in 1998. In the same year she was nominated for the “Citibank Photography Prize” (now the “Deutsche Börse Photography Prize”). During her studies at the Royal College of Art she taught at the State University New York from 1997-98. Subsequently, she taught at the London College of Printing and Camberwell College of Art. 2000 scholarship from the Hasselblad Foundation Göteborg with exhibition. The following year exhibition at the Goethe-Institut in London. Since 2003 lecturer for artistic printmaking at the University of Oldenburg.

ART at Berlin - Courtesy of Galerie Dittmar - Katja Liebmann 2000
Katja Liebmann – Gang über eine Brücke, Berlin, 2000, 51 x 51 cm

One of Katja Liebmann’s approaches is to explore early photographic and low-tech methods in search of new ways of expression and a different perception of reality. In principle, it is black and white photography, but the possibilities for monochrome inherent in the process, such as salt printing, strengthen the degree of abstraction despite the painterly character. And even the pure black-and-white pictures have something distant, out of time. This impression is heightened when the photograph appears dimly visible behind a rain-soaked pane, as if it were superimposed on it, or when a printed sheet of paper with informal traces also serves as the carrier of the photograph.

ART at Berlin - Courtesy of Galerie Dittrich - Katja Liebmann 1997
Katja Liebmann – Gotham City, New York, 1997, 62 x 75 cm (2)

When the artist incorporates her own person and interweaves portrait and cityscape in a puzzling manner, an alienation effect is created that dissolves the boundaries of genre and redefines urban space. This happens in a different way in the pictures of broader, deserted places. Here, the supposed absence of the people is explained solely by the long exposure time, and titles that run counter to the eye, such as Rush Hour, intensify the irritation and the feeling of the indeterminate and transitory. The images fluctuate, as if charged with content, memories, without revealing their mystery. In addition to these superimpositions and condensations, there is a processual moment in other works, in which the fading is experienced here as a succession and a progression (“Walking across a bridge”), creating a cinematic sense of time.

Vernissage: Friday, 24th January 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Exhibition period: Friday, 24th January to Tuesday, 10th March 2020

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