'State of M.' at Kunstmuseum Magdeburg: on view until June 12!

"With his project 'State of M.' that turns towards modernism and Bauhaus architecture, photographer Joachim Brohm points with his camera into history. The letter “M” in the title alludes to modernism, to Magdeburg and to the name Mies, referring to a villa that was planned by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Magdeburg but has never been realized.

Brohm’s view strives for a connection to the past without denying the temporal distance. Within his photographic evaluation of selected buildings worldwide he seeks to track down the modern impulse and to capture it in his photographs. Conceptually, he encounters the myth of modernism that has been persisting for decades with the means of his own generation, with the photography and the architecture of the Bauhaus provoking as much as accompanying his camera’s gaze. The groundbreaking innovations, especially for the development of photography and particularly by the Bauhaus, become a foil for the discussion of the same medium." (Text: Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg)

Out Now! Joachim Brohm, Valentina Seidel: Trinity

Trinity. A new church in Leipzig: St Trinitatis by Schulz und Schulz architects. Photographs 2015-2012.

The consecration of a new church in May 2015 was the end of an odyssey for a Leipzig parish community that has lasted for over seventy years. With the construction of the new building by Schulz und Schulz architects, St Trinitatis has returned to the center of the city: prominently situated right across from the monumental town-hall built in 1905. The body of work comprises 120 photographs following the continuous changes at the construction-site.

The evolving new architecture also provides the backdrop for selections of portraits: teenagers celebrating their holy confirmation, workmen of multinational origin as well as the artists that were commissioned to develop works for the building. By integrating additional sequences of photographs from their artistic projects into the flow of images, Joachim Brohm and Valentina Seidel develop an unexpected and complex visual narrative, leading viewers beyond the boundaries of the documentary style. 

Text in german and english by Karen Irvine, Curator and Associate Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. Design by Till Gathmann, Berlin/Vienna. 232 p with 120 colour plates 330 x 220 mm, clothbound embossed, printed, with pasted title shield, Snoeck 2016 ISBN 978-3-86442-168-5, US Distribution: RAM publications.

TEFAF Maastricht 2016

March 11-20. 'Gropius House', a brand new work from my 'State of M.' group will be shown for the first time at TEFAF Maastricht at the booth of Beck & Eggeling. It is a pigment print on archival paper, mounted on alu-dibond, size is 150 x 180cm, edition 1/3. Take a look when you can...