until 23.04. | #1245ARTatBerlin | WERKSTATTGALERIE presents from 4th April 2017 the exhibition “Paris Living Rooms” by the artist Dominique Nabokov.
Dominique Nabokov, former assistant to Star-Photographer Patrick Demarchelier was entrusted by the chief editor of the New Yorker Tina Brown in 1995 to realize a photographic essay, which resulted in the publication New York Living Rooms (Overlook Press, 1998). Then she did on her own Paris Living Rooms (Assouline, 2002); both to great fanfare. In each of these extravagent volumes Nabokov, whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Le Monde, and Le Nouvel Observateur, among other publications and museum collections, has done something quite striking beyond snapping pictures: she utilized the remaining available stock of Polaroid Colorgraph type-691 film, which lend the images in these first two books — long before the days of Instagram — a bluish, nostalgic haze. This aesthetic component, paired with Nabokov’s famously keen eye, has captured the extraordinarily varied living rooms of celebrated New Yorkers, Parisians, and lately, progressively, Berliners.
Her realist images, always devoid of the rooms’ inhabitants, show, quite simply, what there is to see, in all its glorious intimacy. In the New York book, for example, over a hundred photographs invoke what critic Peggy Moorman has called the “wealthy, brilliant, witty, powerful, stylish, artistic, neurotic, and/or beautiful people — that makes the city what it is.”
In the third book of the trilogy, Berlin Living Rooms, which she started with the help of the American Academy 2014, she is depicting the essential intimacy of rooms left unguarded, empty of their owners like star architect David Chipperfield, movie director Volker Schlöndorff, singer / comedienne Gayle Tufts, artist Patricia Waller, and hotelier Michel Würthle (just to name a few). In her Berlin images, rather than using the Polaroid Colograph type-691 film, Nabokov has instead turned to standard black-and-white film — a nod to the aesthetic atmosphere of the expressionist style of Berlin film and photography of the 1930s.
A selection of the Berlin Living Rooms series will be presented at Institut Francais Berlin (Kurfürstendamm 211) from March 7th to April 13th accompanied by the exhibition at Werkstattgalerie with a selection of Paris Living Rooms photographies.
Vernissage: Monday, 3rd April 2017, 7 p.m.
Exhibition period: Tuesday, 4th April to Sunday, 23th April 2017Zur WERKSTATTGALERIE
Image caption: © Dominique Nabokov – Nan Goldin
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