Saturday 12 December 2020

Installation views of Bruno Schleinstein at Ebensperger Berlin

Installation views of Bruno Schleinstein, Photos by Ludger Paffrath, Courtesy of Ebensperger 

Thursday 10 December 2020

RALF'S FARBEN by Lukas Marxt as part of the exhibition "RALF LÜDDEMANN | Dead Is The Dog Shouts The Hare And Stays At Home"

Lukas Marxt, RALF'S FARBEN, DE 2019, 74 min 

on view at

Tot ist der Hund ruft der Hase und bleibt zu Hause
(Dead Is The Dog Shouts The Hare And Stays At Home)
December 4, 2020 – January 23, 2021

"Ralf's Colors is an experimental portrait of a schizophrenic person living in Lanzarote (Canary islands), whom I accompanied for over 7 years. The film shows the struggle of his inner life in contrast to the deserted volcanic surroundings."
Lukas Marxt

"“We can’t use the same light, we have to use completely new keys with completely new light and even these can be found to a limited extent,” says Ralf at one point. The schizophrenic man’s words accompany much of this experimental portrait by Lukas Marxt (who worked in close cooperation with Michael Petri over a period of four years), layered over footage of Lanzarote, where the protagonist lives in seclusion. Landscape and cinema form an amalgam here, being both interior spaces of thought and feeling, and projected images of an outside. The thinking of the film’s main character does not run along straight lines, moving instead in circles, spirals, and Möbius strips, shaping the overall structure of the film: the viewer gets lost in this space, in time, in distances, searching in vain for a position in the actual physical sense, finding it instead (and as the result of this uncertainty) in an attitude, a specific formation of thinking which—paradoxically—is permanently moving, in a “succession of changing states” (Deleuze).
Stasis in motion, ongoing but frozen, a painting in time, Rousseau and Tarkovsky, a thought that takes shape in the process of thinking. Documentary? Science-fiction? Mindfuck? It is dizzyingly hard to describe what one sees and hears, because the reality in front of the camera could also be a wholly imagined future, or pictures from a time before cinema. In this film, language, writing, pictures, and music are both understated and exuberant, emptied and too full to generate meaning in the conventional sense. As if asleep, but more awake than ever, we look at the world, Ralf’s world, in which children are “built” and lives are “written,” a “half-fantasy” and a “new life” in which the weather is “recomputed,” like in a movie. Cinematographic madness and a precise portrait of a human being, dancing in the wind of Lanzarote, in the night, in the stroboscopic flickering of a streetlamp, in a completely new light.
Alejandro Bachmann"

Find out more about the film:

Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards 2020


Frankenstein's Bloody Terror, Type 42 (anonymous), 1960s-1970s, mixed media on polaroid, 8.3 x 10.8 cm

 published by The Walther Collection

"The book Imagining Everyday Life - a new story enriched with the origins and characteristics of vernacular photography - grew out of a two-day symposium, organized by the Walther Collection at Columbia University in 2018. With scholars and critics from foreground evolving in different disciplines and regional perspectives aiming to reconsider the ordinary image through the prism of power, identity, political participation and ideology, new narratives hitherto largely ignored or erased are coming enrich the traditional reading of the vernacular. By redefining this photograph by its social function rather than by its aesthetic characteristics, and by an exploration of the means available, Imagining Everyday Life offers a much more detailed and extensive account of the history and role of vernacular photography. Richly illustrated and supported by texts "rigorous without being heavy", Imagining Everyday Life is, according to Joshua Chuang , member of the pre-jury, a real "essential re-examination of the subject". Lucy Conticello , member of the final jury, adds: “The quality of the research, its insightful contributions from a large number of archives and collections, as well as its high quality reproductions, make this book a reference work on vernacular photography.""

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Thursday 3 December 2020

Type 42 (anonymous) at Delpire & co in Paris, on occasion of the Paris Photo – Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards 2020


Fame is the name of the game, Type 42 (anonymous), 1960s-1970s,
mixed media on polaroid, 8.3 x 10.8 cm

"Delpire & Co presents the books selected for the Prix du Livre Paris Photo - Aperture Foundation 2020. Awarded since 2012, the Prizes reward the best photographic books published in the year, in three categories: First Book Prize, Book Prize of the year, Prize for the best exhibition catalog. A prize of $ 10,000 is presented to the winner of the First Book Prize. 

35 books were selected by a pre-jury which met in New York in September 2020, among the some 700 books received from around the world following a call for applications. This pre-jury consisted of Joshua Chuang (Associate Director for Arts and Photography, New York Public Library), Lesley A. Martin (Creative Director, Aperture), Susan Meiselas (President, Magnum Foundation), Sarah Meister (Curator for photography, MoMA), and Oluremi C. Onabanjo (independent curator).

20 books are selected in the first book category, 10 in the book of the year category, and 5 in the catalog of the year category. The entire selection is available for sale in the Delpire & co bookstore." 

“Imagining Everyday Life” featuring polaroids by Type 42 (Anonymous), published by Walther Collection is among 5 shortlisted in the category Photography Catalogue of the Year. 

Find out more about "Imagining Everyday Life" here: