Human bodies, decapitated or without limbs, tortured and thrown onto the waste tip; vegetating half-dead and massacred victims on hospital wards. Christoph Bangert has used the camera to record the abysses of human perversion.
Many pictures he took in crisis and war zones have not been shown until now — because he himself thinks them too drastic or editors did not want to publish
them. Bangert published extracts of this material with the book “War Porn”. At the Kunstverein the visitor decides how to deal with his pictures—the book is exhibited in a locked display case and can only be browsed on request.
At the focus of Seiichi Furuya’s photographic oeuvre is his personal confrontation with boundaries—boundaries of recollection, of perception and of the medium
of photography, politico-geographic barriers and existential borderline situations in personal life.
Seiichi Furuya moved over to the GDR with his family in 1984; he lived there until 1987. The exhibition presents a comprehensive selection of portraits of his wife Christine, who took her own life in 1985 in East Berlin. The series “Zu Hause in Berlin-Ost” and “Staatsgrenze” show pictures from a world that no longer exists in that form. The exhibition title “Wo die Wahrheit liegt” describes the artist’s search
for answers to questions to which there are no clear answers.
In the solo exhibition “Dubayyland” Sophie-Therese Trenka-Dalton examines
the staging of cultural symbols in the architecture of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. In doing so the artist looks behind the media façade of aerial shots and 3D renderings of iconic construction projects and, progressing through objects, found items and photo works, devises an associative frame of reference between new monuments, regional motifs and (re)constructed history.
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