ErSieundIch

HeSheandI

ErSieundIch

EXHIBITION:
FOTORAUM KÖLN
HERDERSTRASSE
4.11. – 10.12.2017

HeSheandI

The photographic series HeSheandI by Anja Schlamann shows excerpts from the life of a man who obviously lives three different lives: that of a Westphalian farmer, that of a middle-class public official and that of a cosmopolitan engineer.
For her work HeSheandI Anja Schlamann slipped into the role of her brother Lukas and, with this work in the form of self-dramatization, brought him back to life, 40 years after his death in infancy. Consistently, this game around different roles is presented in the form of a photo album. His absence is made duplicate in this way.
The beholder sees the apparently lived life of this man, although, as he or she continues looking, the beholder’s confusion grows as to the figures’ delimitation from one another: it becomes clear that this is a character, a female figure in a male role.
A handful of accessories, used in a stereotyped way, play with the construct surrounding gender identity. Set as examples, they are read as handed-down gender features. The heteronormative, binary division becomes clear in those photographs where brother and sister encounter each other. The self-reflexive performance divides the photographer’s identity visually into two parts: into that of a man and into that of a woman. Some images use frontal, documentary angles to create facts; others in between them tell a story, amateurishly photographed, with narrative informative value.

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barbier

shops

EXHIBITION
VHS-PHOTOGALERIE, STUTTGART
12.10. – 26.11.2017

barbier

shops

“shop counters are offerings: if it is on the counter, it is on display and for sale. where climatically possible, the shop counter marks the boundary between inside and out. inside stands the shopkeeper, buyers stand outside, the goods are between them. as an ensemble shop counters are an architectural theme that is as ancient as it is fascinating – and when they are collected so compellingly throughout the world as they are by anja schlamann, they are what’s more a seductive offering made to the eye. the work shows shop counters from damascus, the oldest city in the world, from morocco and from cuba, the last stronghold of communist shadow economy. here, the presentations of spices and delicacies carefully calculated for centuries, there, the spontaneously deposited staple foods and spare parts: the counters bear the responsibility for daily survival and cultural added value alike. and behind the counter stand shopkeepers who see themselves in the picture, for anja schlamann draws their attention to themselves, quite deliberately: once more photography proves to be a machine generating symbols and myths, thanks be to anja schlamann.”

edition: 7+2 ap
size: 56 x 71 cm

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