On 28 May 2013, the exhibition „Landscapes & Memory“ by Hamburg-based photographer Jo Röttger will open at Bayerisches Armeemuseum (Bavarian Army Museum) in Ingolstadt. In 27 large-format photos with their picture language that reminds of romanticism, Röttger approaches landscapes and identity while addressing desire and alienation as well as the ongoing war in Afghanistan. A bilingual catalogue will be published on the occasion of the exhibition, curated by Martin Bayer (Wartist).
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From 8 March until 3 April 2013, Berlin-based Willy-Brandt-Haus
presents the exhibition One Person Crying: Women and War
with photos by Marissa Roth
. Since 1984, the Pulitzer Prize laureate (born in 1957 in Los Angeles) is dealing with this issue: back then, she travelled to the Yugoslav homeland of her Jewish grandparents who had been murdered in 1942 by Hungarian Fascists. In 1988, she was assigned by Los Angeles Times
to portray Afghan women refugees
. The subject remained crucial for her work: One Person Crying: Women and War
addresses the effects of war on women within their respective societies. Continue reading “Marissa Roth: One Person Crying – Women and War (Berlin)”
Photographer Martin Bayer (educated at Lette-Verein Berlin) addresses in his series grounded of decommissioned military aircraft the perception of history and war, but also the aestheticisation of weapons. Detached from their historic context, the planes appear as objects or even sculptural. Neither the country of provenance, nor their operating period are discernible: was it an “attacker” or a “defender”, regarding our own classifications? Each war produces history and its own myths – grounded puts them in the background, making room for the viewers’ own associations.
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From 21 February until 30 April 2013, Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) presents photos by Ahmed Khalifa. On the occasion of the opening, a panel discussion on “Two Years Later – Arab Spring Under Fire?”will be held. Working at BICC as a peace researcher, Khalifa was taking photos and documenting the Arab Spring and the Egyptian presidential elections.
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From 2 February until 22 May 2013, NRW-Forum Düsseldorf
presents the photo exhibition Exposed
with works by Bryan Adams
, mostly known as musician. Many of the some 150 prints shown are glamour portraits of actors and fellow musicians. As maximum disruption to all those immaculate stars, Adams’s portraits of British war invalids are shown, too: a new series of impressive portraits of humans marked by war. Protheses replace the former limbs, monstrous scars refer to pain and injuries. According to Adams, these pictures are his way “to show the legacy of war”. Continue reading “Bryan Adams: Exposed (Dusseldorf)”
On 12 February 2013, the exhibition “2 + 2: Phoenix Chemnitz”
will open on the premises of Chemnitzer Künstlerbund
(association of Chemnitz’s artists). In this established format, two local and two external artists meet to address a specific subject. This time, the Chemnitz Friedenstag
(Chemnitz Peace Day) is this issue: on 5 March 1945, Chemnitz
was severly damaged – more than 2,100 people died in this bombing. How can this central event be remembered? What has contemporary art to say on war? Peggy Albrecht
(* 1974) and Rose-Marie Güttler
(* 1978) are the two local artists in this show, while Jan Bejšovec
(* 1975, Konfliktstoff
) and Martin Bayer
(* 1971, Wartist
) from Berlin provide external perspectives. Continue reading “2 + 2: Phoenix Chemnitz – A Peace Day Exhibition (Chemnitzer Künstlerbund)”
From 19 January until 16 June 2013, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg shows the exhibition “In the Flow of Time – Photographs from Asia 1980-2011” with pictures by Steve McCurry. Thus, the colourful work by the US photographer (* 1950) will be presented in Germany for the very first time. The exhibition consists of 115 images by the Magnum photographer from countries such as Afghanistan, India, Cambodia, Kuwait, China or Nepal: “I see it was the vibrant colour of Asia that taught me to see and write in light”. While quite many of his photos appear to be arranged, he refuses this method and solely takes photos of moments happening, on which the exhibition’s title is referring to.
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From 11 January to 10 March, Sprechsaal in Berlin presents photos by Erik Schiemann. The artist, born in 1963, is dedicating himself to the people, the traces and atmospheres in locations such as Auschwitz, Ravensbrück, Buchenwald and Belzec. His pictures show former inmates and young people, damaged lives and wounded landscapes. A selection of some 30 pictures from a series of 60 black and white photos will be shown: portraits, thoughts and landscapes from the past seven years, supplemented with parts of Schiemann’s work “c’était son monde” from 1995.
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From 18 January until 14 April 2013, Martin-Gropius-Bau
Berlin presents the exhibition “Photographs 1930-1945”
with numerous works by American Margaret Bourke-White
(1904-1971). In a male-dominated world, she successfully fought for her position: she shot the title of the very first Life
magazine of November 1936 and continued to work for this and other magazines. Not the least her pictures from World War II
became famous throughout the world. Continue reading “Margaret Bourke-White: Photographs 1930-1945 (Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin)”
For two long years, the future location – and thus the future – of the renowned photography gallery C/O Berlin was insecure. On 12 December 2012, a contract was signed that grants C/O Berlin from 1 September 2013 a new home in the former Amerika-Haus in Berlin-Charlottenburg, only a few yards away from Berlin Zoo station and the Museum of Photography. Congratulations and lots of success at the new location!
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