On occasion of this year’s Pride Week, we interviewed members of Munich’s LGTBI* community and senior residents, care takers and employees of three nursing homes (MUENCHENSTIFT) about their GREAT LOVE. Although the respondents came from different generations, different places of origin, some with, others without LGBTI* background, they all had something in common. Love was remembered, memories became alive, stories were told.
Each story was an individual one, touching, hope creating, some amusing, some rather thoughtful. Photographer Michaela Auer took portraits, we added the stories, and “My Great Love” could be presented to the public.
At the opening, the audience was excited and inspired, exchanged own memories with other visitors, and celebrated a vivid evening: an homage and tribute to “My Great Love”.
Using etching needles and techniques of aquatint on paper, artist Susanne Pohl from Neuburg an der Donau, Germany has captured witnesses of vanishing times. In the exhibition “Interim Time”, landscapes are fixed in graphic reproductions, in pure absence of daily hectic life, and concentrated to timeless atmospheres. In her earlier artistic years, Susanne Pohl used mainly drawings and paintings to find expression of human relations, meeting and conflict. Since 2004, her focus has changed more and more to landscape and the meaning of frozen moments.
All photos of the opening event by Matthias Keitel
Julia Blaukopf on the exhibition: "The title of this exhibition refers to Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”. I first read this poem when I was a teenager, forced to memorize and perform it for a class in public speaking. Over the years, the last four lines have stayed with me through both my travels and my time at home in Philadelphia.
For me, these lines, especially the words Miles to go embody the responsibilities I have as an artist and documentarian; the responsibility for the work that is not yet made. I move physically because I love the feeling of the unfamiliar, the unknown. As I travel, I feel a constant pressure to write, to photograph, to connect with people, to produce something of meaning. Creating photographic work is an endless process wherein I learn more about my style and myself with each trip and each project.
The photographs shown in this exhibition span from when I first traveled alone through Europe in 2004, to the last time in 2015. In 2004 I was twenty and had no intention to write about my travels, but in sending emails to family. I found that words came and I loved creating a narrative in which I was the character, moving through the world far from home. My photographs became a nonverbal tale, a photo-narrative with many interpretations."
Inspired from many travels all over the world, artist Brian Clarke has tried to catch the moment and atmosphere of a specific place, to turn it into color and light, and to fix it on hand-blown glass. Brian Clarke has designed an edition of individual screens, each made of four movable parts, with a total dimension of 20,4 x 252 x 405 cm.
Eleven “Summer Solstice Screens” were presented to the public at Heni Gallery in London from June 22 to July 30, 2017.
“Max is Marie. My son is my daughter”, is the title of Hamburg artist Kathrin Stahl’s photo and text project on transgender people (trans*). For MÜNCHENSTIFT GmbH (a foundation of residential homes for the elderly, also called “houses of diversity”), I put together a touring exhibition to be seen at 3 residential homes in Munich.
Kathrin Stahl wants to point to the problem of transsexuality and to make us see a certain normality to it. Her intention is to reach out to people who haven’t heard yet from transgender people, who haven’t had contact yet with trans* people. She wants to inform, and to make us understand.
“Max is Marie” shows people who are born within a wrong body. It is about people who already felt as a child that something seemed to be strange, that they couldn’t identify with other girls or boys, that they couldn’t be accepted in a way they were. Consequently, they have started to pretend to be someone else, to adjust to social requirements, to finally break out to survive.
Kathrin Stahl has taken pictures of transgender people in daily life situations. She shows people of different backgrounds, with or without family, partners, with a child, their dog. What we see are human beings and what we expect to be normal. On the other hand, for each human being there is a story behind the photo. The stories tell about all the struggles, the pain, and sorrow, and make us reflect.
In the exhibition „Sunshine View“, artist Matthias Keitel as an photographer puts his focus on details. Like Alice in Wonderland, the spectator can experience beauty and aesthetics from a different angle, from near distance. Life, and how we look at it, is permanently changing. Matthias Keitel offers us a new perspective. Each picture and its foreground is full of details, while the background, the past, vanishes. Therefore, the awareness for the presence has raised.
This exhibition was shown at a residential home for the elderly in Munich. Especially for elder people, the past and transience are always present. Matthias colorful photos evoke hope and invite for a dialogue with nature.
Christine Nguyen is an American artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. She studied fine arts in California, and has been focused on photography “without a camera”. Christine uses images of her sketchbook as a kind of negative, chemicals, and acids, to develop a photo and to create what she calls pictures of utopia. Her artworks remind of cellular structures and faraway galaxies and ask for creative associations.
"reprinted: Christine Nguyen" was the first exhibition out of a series of interventions that will happen at nine senior housing facilities here in Munich. Most people living in these homes are no longer able to "travel the creative world". They further are no longer able to actively participate in the cultural life of Munich, not to mention the access to artist studios.
I asked Christine Nguyen if she would be willing to digitally submit images out of her sketchbooks, something inspiring, or even completed works.
One of my big THANKS in 2016 go to Christine as she allowed me to reprint 48 artworks from the last ten years. In the next months, the prints will travel through different senior homes.
Heidi Lippman was asked to create a permanent artwork for the new Doyle Carlton section of Tampa's Riverwalk. The impressive urban complexity of the bridge-structure, with its massive support columns spans over a length of two-hundred feet and is contrasted by the vulnerability of the quiet flow of the Hillsborough River. Listening to music as Lippman worked on the design and thinking about the people who would enjoy the site, the artist chose the title Andante, an Italian musical notation for a walking tempo or walking music.
My part has been to assist Heidi throughout the process of transforming her designs into the ancient medium of fused glass pigment with its interplay of opacity and transparency. Our collaboration on this project started early by reviewing and establishing a formal contract, producing cost evaluation of different design concepts, researching several possible fabrication methods, reviewing design of needed hardware, preparing and coordinating sample fabrication, quality control during production, and assisting your project with marketing tools.
Alterra Property Group commissioned Julia Blaukopf to create photo-based wall coverings for their new building in downtown Philadelphia. The location has been known as The Shirt Corner, named after Philadelphia’s iconic men’s department store operating there for decades. The new Shirt Corner building houses 59 rental apartments and amenities, as well as a street-level commercial storefront. In close collaboration with Alterra Property Group’s design consultant and curator Eileen Tognini, Julia created six visual narratives throughout the building.
Julia Blaukopf on her artist concept: “I worked with photographs that depict the corner during three separate time periods, spanning from the mid 19th century to the present. My goal was to preserve the evocative nature inherent in the original images, while at the same time re-imagining the separate time periods into one cohesive, contemporary design.”
All photo-based wall coverings were produced and mounted by Presto Tape. It was of great importance to fabricate the artwork out of an eco-friendly, highly durable, and locally-made material.