until 03.11. | #1656ARTatBerlin | Galerie Franzkowiak presents from 7th October 2017 the group exhibition “LEBENSSZENEN – Scénes de vie(s) °2” with works by different photographers.
The success exhibition Lebensszenen °2 will shortly be taking place in Berlin. Shown in Fotohaus | ParisBerlin during this year’s photo festival in the French city of Arles with more than 5,000 visitors attending. The Berlin show is presenting works by photographers of four generations. Starting with Léon Herschtritt who worked in the 1960s the exhibition tries to shed a light on the photographers in their respective time. What influence did the changing socio-cultural conditions have on the
work of the photographers from then until now? Angelika Platen photographed the protagonists of the avant-garde,
with portraits of Joseph Beuys, Sigmar Polke, Marina Abramovic, Neo Rauch and Jeff Koons among others. Manfred Paul was simultaneously interested in the creative minds of the GDR. His student Andreas Trogisch followed the tradition of portrait photography and expanded his view through graphic and aesthetic elements. As a classic « street photographer » Holger Biermann documents what we see as the « new » freedom of our time. hannah goldstein, on the other hand, directs
the visitor’s gaze very sensitively to the vitality of self-confident, independent young women.
Curated by: Christel Boget, Elfi Rückert, Marc Barbey, Marc Franzkowiak. — The exhibition is a cooperation of ParisBerlin>fotogroup, Collection Regard and Galerie Franzkowiak. — We are grateful for the support by Galerie Michael Schultz Berlin, La Collection photography agency Paris, PiB Photography in Berlin and arte Actions Culturelles.
Holger Biermann, born 1973, studied at the Axel Springer School for Journalism. A CarlDuisburg grant allowed him 2001 to move to New York. There he has been working for the paper « Aufbau » and the Axel Springer foreign service, at the same time he started to take photos. With the camera he documented September 11 and devoted himself from then on intensely to photography, inspired by American photographers like Robert Frank, Lee Freedlander or Garry Winogrand. Assistances followed at the photo agency Magnum and at the International Center of Photography. Since 2003 Biermann lives and works as a photographer in Berlin. « The town is my studio. I am often running whole days through the streets looking for the
right composition, the right moment. The ‹ street photographer › looks for the unusual in the ordinary. He lives from chances and moments at which the ruling chaos melts into visual units. Snapshot photographs, one says. Aconcept which comes originally from the 19th century and mocked in England the aimlessly wandering around deer and hare hunter – ‹ first
shoot, then aim ›. This concept permits the freeing from formal and continual compulsions to the photo hunter. He is curious. He wants to explore life. To find this, he walks and takes photos a lot. » (H. Biermann in an interview)
Hannah Goldstein has been working as an artist for the past 15 years with her main medium being photography and collage. She is drawn to work with archives and concepts of memory, and thus the questioning of authorship. She moves freely in the realms of self-documentary, narrative portraits and staged photography with political headings. She also works with collage, installation and video. Goldstein has a B.A. in photography and human rights from Bard College, New York. She spent one year in residency at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, as well as doing a one-year Master class with Arno Fischer at the Ostkreuz Photography School, Berlin. Her work has been exhibited in various countries, most recently in France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Australia and Germany. In 2013 Goldstein self published her book « family business ». She is part of the feminist art collective Die bösen Mösen with Thérèse Kristiansson. Goldstein is also the co-founder of Kaetha, a curatorial collaboration with Katja Haustein. Hannah Goldstein lives and works in Berlin, Germany
Born in 1936, Léon Herschtritt is part of the humanist photography movement. He was also a member of the 30 × 40 collective. He was the youngest photographer ever to be awarded the prix Niépce in 1960, thanks to his work during his military service in Algeria. He consequently began his first endeavors as a photo reporter in the several newsrooms
such as « France-Observateur ». Herschtritt, a true humanist, was quick to diversify his subjects, developing a particular sensibility for street scenes, young people in the sixties, social and political movements. In 1966 Herschtritt received the « Prix des Gens d’Images » for the layout of his book « Au hasard des femmes ». In 1968 he illustrated a book titled « La célébration des putains » (publishing Robert Morel). His humanistic perspective also sought to explore the public figures of the time, including Charles De Gaulle, François Mitterrand, Catherine Deneuve, Salvador Dali, Serge Gainsbourg, Rudolf Noureev, Marguerite Duras, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Victor Vasarely, Georges Simenon …
Paul was born 1942 in Schraplau. He studied photography at the HGB Leipzig and camerawork at the Hochschule fü r Film und Fernsehen Potsdam-Babelsberg. Altogether he worked more than 30 years as a professor for photography. The photography of Manfred Paul engages itself in the existential question of human existence. These are photographs that became allegories to comprehend the decay of all matters as a condition for life. 1973 – 1989 Photography of Berlin (Cycle Berlin Nordost). Parallel to this, works on the cycles Nature Morte (Still lifes) and En Passant (Women’s legs).
Other important groups of work are Lebenszeichen Verena, a portrait series (since 1971), Grenzenlose Rä ume – Works on the fall of the Berlin wall (1989/90), Selfportraits (since 1996), Metamorphose of the sea (2002/2008). His works are present in public and private collections. Paul lives in Berlin.
Angelika Platen, born in 1942 in Heidelberg, is an internationally renowned German photographer, known for her black and white portraits of artists. After studying roman philology and scientific orientalism at Berlin University, Platen specialises in photography at the Hamburg School of Fine Art and writes the « Kunst als Ware » column of the « Die Zeit » weekly magazine. Platen later heads the Gunter Sachs modern art gallery in Hamburg for four years. Her life’s work comprises more than 500 portraits of leading visual artists, taken in characteristic poses and capturing the unique context of their work. Museums in Hamburg, Paris, Washington, Leeuwarden, Bologna, Prague, Bucharest, Delmenhorst have all dedicated
Platen solo exhibitions, including Berlin this year, at the Willy-Brandt-Haus with « Künstlern auf der Spur – Portraits 1968 – 2008 » and at the Michael Schultz Gallery with « dialog.digital. analog ». Angelika Platen lives in Southern France and Berlin. Her work is represented and managed by the Art, Culture and History Agency of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (bpk-images.de).
Andreas Trogisch, born in 1959 in Riesa/Elbe, took an interest in photography from a very early age. Trogisch, a student of Manfred Paul, is best described as employing a non-conventional and intuitive approach to photography. These motifs are often standalone, but at times have a common location or a coincidental common date. What interests Trogisch, in addition to his obsession for humans, are seemingly insignificant objects, separate from common and current trends. In a recent interview with the « Vice » journalist, Grey Hutton, Trogisch has been describing his pictures as « an arrangement of shadows and lights ». He also defined his work as « empty promises », finding his motifs with the help of his own
« seventh sense ». In other words, Trogisch is attracted by continual daily examples of formal and insignificant dissonances, as if by magic. Aesthetics take on a significant but ambivalent role in Trogisch’s creations. From this have sprung several series such as « Vineta », which one can classify as unusual and almost documentary. His works are included within the famed « Berlin Wonderland » book and have been displayed within collective exhibitions, at the Goethe Institute in Lyon
among others. Some of his own editions, such as « Replies » or « Aphasia » have been published by Peperoni Books. Trogisch lives and works in Berlin.
Vernissage: Friday, 6th October 2017, 7 p.m.
Exhibition period: Saturday, 7th October to Friday, 3rd November 2017Zur Galerie Franzkowiak
Image caption: © Holger Biermann, Berlin 2012
Exhibition: LEBENSSZENEN – Scénes de vie(s) °2 – Group exhibition – Galerie Franzkowiak | Contemporary Art – Kunst in Berlin – ART at Berlin