Friday, 16 October 2014, at 10 pm, immediately after the official
opening of the MdF at the Martin-Gropius-Bau.
Erwin Olaf will be present and sign his new catalogue.
Erwin Olaf’s works depict the unspoken. His stylized and skilfully quoted visual worlds address taboos, social conflicts, and middle-class narrow-mindedness – themes that he disguises aesthetically in order to unsettle the viewer.
Bar Barbette showcases the series Fall (2008), which presents adolescent portraits separated by austerely composed still lifes set in pale gold-coloured interiors of the late 1950s. Posed before curtains and wallpaper reminiscent of the living rooms of the post-war generation, the adolescents seem out of place. They confront the viewer with contradictory emotions and their as yet undefined corporality, as though they felt entirely unobserved. Coolness and physical strength are just as much on display as vulnerability and apathy; subtle and unbridled eroticism radiates from their flawless young bodies. With a similar atmosphere, the film Le Dernier Cri (2006) slowly progresses towards a discomforting climax that reveals the terror concealed beneath the veil of the bourgeoisie.
Daily at Bar Babette from 18 h. An exhibition project of WAGNER + PARTNER with Month of Photography.
Erwin Olaf - EUROPÄISCHER MONAT DER PHOTOGRAPHIE
New Catalogue out now!
ERWIN OLAF - VOLUME II
The catalogue will be presented at the Reception evening and signed by the artist!
31.10. - 13.12.2014
Opening Recepition with the Artist: 31.10.2014, 7 - 10 pm
Artist Talk with Dr. Lars Mextorf: 13.11. at 7 pm
Miklos Gaál (*1974 Espoo, Finland) is one of the country’s most significant exponents of contemporary photography, who has unconventionally pushed the limits of photography for many years. The popularity of miniature photography is based strongly upon his early works.
His newest work is a photographic sketchbook – a work-in-progress addressing the aesthetics and functioning of daily life; those moments that could be interpreted as repetitive, uninteresting or boring. It is this orientation towards these apparently banal and random moments in our reality that Gaal’s vision articulates. His aesthetic focus as part of the “grand vision” validates the viewer’s own perception. This approach is explored and enhanced through an installation incorporating photography, video and projection. Exposed to Gaal’s observations the viewer subliminally becomes aware of the artist’s interpretations.
The exhibition shows recent photography works, videos and silkscreen prints.
Miklos Gaál - EUROPÄISCHER MONAT DER PHOTOGRAPHIE
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