August 29, 2014

Undundund

The Social Network

Die Fotoserie „The Social Network“ befasst sich mit der Jargonsprache von sozialen Netzwerken. Wie viel Mensch steckt hinter den gestalteten Profilen? Wie viel Einfluss hat der User auf sein Profil? Wie wird das online-alter-ego durch das soziale Netzwerk in Szene gesetzt? Ist das „soziale Netzwerk“ wirklich so sozial oder ist es nur eine große Selbstdarstellungsbühne? Die Bilder sind metaphorische Fotoillustrationen. Der Betrachter soll seine eigenen Schlüsse aus dem scheinbar unschlüssigen Geschehen auf einer surreal anmutenden Bühne ziehen. Personen solten nicht mehr als Individuen wahrgenommen werden, sondern vielmehr als Kunstobjekte, als fester Bestandteil des Geschehens und als designte Abbilder, wie ein facebook Profil, das nie einen echten Blick in die Augen eines Menschen zulässt und nur eine Scheinidentität aufbaut.

August 29, 2014

Igor Posner

None Such Records (Mexicali 2004-2006)

“No Such Records” is an exploration of the silent and haunting experience of walking after dark on the streets of Los Angeles and Tijuana. Collision of social and typical with personal and psychological, this series of images savors the strange solitude of the enigmatic region between California and Mexico; the streets, bars, night shelter hotels, and amorphous night figures.

August 29, 2014

Sam Hutchinson

Collection 09-13

August 29, 2014

Israel Ariño

From Le nom qui efface la couleur

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August 28, 2014

Wynne Neilly

Female to “Male”

Female to “Male” is a self-portrait project documenting the artist’s transition from female to “male” through weekly photographs, recorded vocal changes, documents and objects that represent a segment or moment in his gender exploration. The project offers an intimate view into the physical, psychological, medical and financial changes Neilly has undergone to shape and explore his gender. He insists on the use of quotation marks around the word “male” stating that his identity is something fluid that cannot be easily defined by use of a single word. For him, his gender and body are a construction of the ways in which he perceives himself and the queer social experiences he has lived. Neilly maintains that his trans identity is not a shift from one sex or gender to another, but rather a continual evolution. 

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August 28, 2014
Miranda Lichtenstein
Floater
2004

Miranda Lichtenstein

Floater

2004

August 27, 2014

Malte Wendel

Einheit, Arbeit, Wachsamkeit

– Die DDR in Mosambik

In “Einheit, Arbeit, Wachsamkeit” erzählt Malte Wandel die Geschichte der »Madgermanes« – rund 16.000 junge Mosambikaner, die über sieben Jahre als Vertragsarbeiter in der DDR gelebt haben. Noch heute, 20 Jahre nach ihrer Rückkehr nach Mosambik, ist ein Großteil dieser Gruppe in keiner Weise reintegriert und lebt in großer Armut. In der DDR wurde bis zu 80 Prozent ihres Lohnes abgezogen und als Rentenzahlung nach Mosambik geschickt – das Geld sollten sie nach ihrer Rückkehr erhalten. Die Regierung hält sie hin, scheint den Konflikt aussitzen zu wollen.
»Wir wollten eine kleine Feier machen. Es wäre einfach. Es gibt eine große Kirche, gleich hier. Wir könnten uns 200 Stühle leihen. Wir könnten eine Kuh schlachten, etwas braten und ein paar Bierchen trinken. Aber leider: Nur die Deutschen können diesen Tag feiern. Wir haben überhaupt keinen Grund zu feiern«, sagt der Präsident der »wütenden Deutschen« José Alfredo Cossa am 9. November 2009 in perfektem Deutsch an der »Base Central Madgermany« in Maputo.

August 26, 2014

Alfred Yaghobzadeh

Iran 1979-2009

1. Iranian women walk past a portrait of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini - the leader of the 1979 revolution and founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Tehran, IRAN - December 2008 © Copyright 1979-2009 Alfred Yaghobzadeh. All rights reserved.

2. Iranian people in the holy city of Qom, situated 120 km to the south of Tehran. It is the clerical capital of Iran. Most grand Ayatollahs (experts in Islam) live and teach in seminaries in Qom, IRAN - December 2008 © Copyright 1979-2009 Alfred Yaghobzadeh. All rights reserved.

3. Thousands of young Iranians proclaimed “Death to America” on Sunday as they celebrated the 28th anniversary of the storming of the US embassy in Tehran by student radicals. A massive crowd, composed mainly of school children bussed in to central Tehran, gathered outside the site of the former US embassy. Tehran, IRAN - November 2007 © Copyright 1979-2009 Alfred Yaghobzadeh. All rights reserved

4. An Iranian Mullah shopping in the holy city of Qom, situated 120 km to the south of Tehran. It is the clerical capital of Iran. Most grand Ayatollahs (experts in Islam) live and teach in seminaries in Qom, IRAN - December 2008 © Copyright 1979-2009 Alfred Yaghobzadeh. All rights reserved.

5. An Iranian Shiite Mullah rides his motorbike with his wife and child in the holy city of Qom, situated 120 km to the south of Tehran. Qom, IRAN - December 2008 © Copyright 1979-2009 Alfred Yaghobzadeh. All rights reserved.

6. Orkideh Hajivandi underground music: 12 female musicians who perform classical, folk, modern, and traditional music in IRAN - November 2006 © Copyright 1979-2009 Alfred Yaghobzadeh. All rights reserved.

7. Upper-class youth visit Kish Island for leisure and fun. In Tehran, Islamic law prohibits women to play billiards. IRAN - April 2006 © Copyright 1979-2009 Alfred Yaghobzadeh. All rights reserved.

8. Young couple shares an intimate moment in a park in central Tehran. In the past, public displays of affection would have been severely punished. Today, couples can walk freely in parks and sit together. While holding hands is tolerated, other affectionate public displays are not permitted by the regime and are considered taboo for unmarried women. Tehran, IRAN - June 2008 © Copyright 1979-2009 Alfred Yaghobzadeh. All rights reserved.

9. A Kish Island beach. While men are allowed to strip down to the tiniest of swim suits, Iranian women are obliged to wear full Islamic dress even when going for a swim. Kish Island, IRAN - May 2006 © Copyright 1979-2009 Alfred Yaghobzadeh. All rights reserved.

10.A beach on Kish Island, in southern Iran, where Iranians go to relax. They enjoy more freedom here. Yet, Iranian women are not allowed to swim in bathing suits, they must cover up even in the water. Kish Island, IRAN - April-May 2006 © Copyright 1979-2009 Alfred Yaghobzadeh. All rights reserved.

August 26, 2014

Nicola Kuperus

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August 26, 2014

Arne Svenson

Strays

Strays are images of kittens that are photographed in such a way that denies the viewer the opportunity to see their faces. The heads are turned so far to the background so as to totally disengage the subject from the viewer. In many cases, the head is turned far enough so as to appear as though there is no face to the kitten as if it had slipped off, to be replaced by the blankness of fur.