Wünsch dir was! / Make a wish (2014)






Wünsch dir was! (2014)


Für meine Serie „Wünsch dir was!“ lud ich Frauen aus meinem persönlichen Umfeld ein sich von mir fotografieren zu lassen. Im Vorfeld erklärte ich lediglich, dass ich nur ein einziges Porträt machen würde und zwar mit einer analogen Kamera. Die Resultate würde ich später unbearbeitet in einer Ausstellung zeigen. Sieben Protagonistinnen ließen sich auf das Experiment ein.
Ich positionierte diese Frauen vor einem blauen Hintergrund und nachdem alle Kameraeinstellungen verrichtet waren, sagte ich:“Wünsch dir was!“ und drückte unmittelbar danach auf den Auslöser.
Mit dieser Herangehensweise möchte ich einen intimen Moment festhalten ohne das Geheimnis der Porträtierten preiszugeben oder den Wert eines Moments beurteilen.
Darüber hinaus hinterfrage ich auch den vorherrschenden technischen Perfektionismus in der heutigen Porträtfotografie als auch das Ungleichgewicht zwischen Schönheitswahn und dem gleichzeitigen Kontrollverlust in einer digitalisierten Welt. 

english version: 

For my working series „Make a wish!“ I invited women from my personal environment to get photographed by me. Beforehand I simply explained to them to just do one portrait each with an analogue camera. These portraits I would show unprettified in an exhibition. Seven protagonists embarked on the experiment. I positioned these women in front of a blue backdrop and after all the settings, I said „Make a wish!“ and released the shutter.
With this approach I want to secure an intimate moment without giving away the secret of the protagonist or assessing the value of the moment. By this work I bring into question the prevalent technical perfectionism in portrait photography as well as the mismatch between aestheticmania and the simultaneous loss of control in a digitalized world.

Make a wish!, installationview at Glogauair / more than a million (2014)


more than a million
 
Project Space Exhibition
Curated by off - Delphine Marinier - Peter Krilles
based on a research in berlinerpool archive

Mario Asef, Marisa Benjamim, 
Tatjana Fell, Stephanie Gerner, Stephan Halter, Natalia Irina Roman, St. & St.

 

GlogauAIR
Glogauer Str. 16
10999 Berlin – Germany

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“The 6.000 artists and the 400 galleries make Berlin to the city with the highest density of galleries in Europe and one of the most attractive places to create art. Therefore, designers, agencies, lifestylemagazins, fotographers and trendscouts – are drawn to this young city which burst with fresh vibes.”
(Berlin Senate, http://www.berlin.de/projektzukunft/; wording as in the original)

Presenting the city as an international hotspot of art, Berlin authorities, in admirable English prose, highlight a tendency that has shaped Europe over the past years: the transformation of arts into creative industries. In view of the quantification, standards, hierarchies and superlatives of artistic practice that this shift has brought about more than a million proposes to put in the center of focus the • wishes • knots • riots • density • overthrows • ethics • global english • attraction • life • freshness • void • vibrations • difference • gaps • flurry • popcorn doggybag • sounds • ages • questions • brutalism • hate • secret • clumsiness • touch • taste • shakiness • signs • burst • third-person-s • waves • naiveté • blurry • asides • holes • involved in the experience of art.

more than a million (based on a research in berlinerpool archive) is an investigation in the very concrete and sensorial aesthetic, ethical and technical frames of contemporary art. Seven artists – Mario Asef, Marisa Benjamim, Tatjana Fell, Stephanie Gerner, Stephan Halter, Natalia Irina Roman and St .& St. – show their works and open up interspaces in between the economical, social, gender-based statistics and norms of the contemporary art field creating an atmosphere of unique, open, material and freshly vibrating experiences. Everybody is invited to /not/ question the common and individual values and criteria of art experience challenging the in/official canon and one's in/scrutable taste.

Text by off