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Merchandise accompanying the exhibition FEMALE FEMALE at Galerie für Moderne Fotografie, 23.03.2018 – 22.04.2018.

76,5 cm x 58 cm


 With works by Aino Laberenz, Amira Fritz, Atlanta Rascher, branimir, Camille Vivier, Frederike Helwig, Katja Rahlwes, Kristin Loschert, Lotterman and Fuentes, Simone Gilges, and Ute Mahler

Women are, of course, not better people. But perhaps they are more observant. Perhaps it’s easier for them to recognize not only seductive beauty, but also what’s brutally ugly. In any case, this is the impression conveyed when looking at the works of the twelve artists in the group exhibition FEMALE, FEMALE.

FEMALE FEMALE is a hanging of works and a snapshot. Artists from four generations who have presented solo exhibitions at the Galerie für Moderne Fotografie over the past ten years pose themselves the question: What happens when a woman portrays another woman?

East German photographer Ute Mahler (born 1949), for instance, has always enjoyed portraying women. Her black and white images present women who are interested in standing out. They are individualists who, like the photographer herself, had to grow up in a system that only knew the collective. It would have been fun being there when the images were taken. I would have liked to have heard Mahler’s instructions and discover what sentences and looks were exchanged in order to transform the ordinary-beauties into proud Amazons. This is much the same with Katja Rahlwes (born 1967). The photographer, who was born in Frankfurt am Main, has also always avoided photographing demure girls, preferring instead to present powerful women. Simply because they’re far more thrilling.

Then there are the seemingly effortlessly buoyant works of photographers Nada Lottermann and Vanessa Fuentes (born 1977 and 1978). The duo from Frankfurt am Main has been photographing one other for years, provocatively exposing female lust and the sexuality of others. There is no room for a sense of shame in their images.

The world of the Frenchwoman Camille Vivier (born 1977) does not seem to be part of our present-day life at first. It’s odd, surreal, dark, and melancholic. Here, the feelings of female protagonists come so thick and fast that you’re glad Vivier was there to capture them. But this is also what it means to be a woman: tolerating inner and outer turmoils.

Can a woman be recognized even when disguised? And if so, what gives this away? The photo series pinAnon by artist branimir draws the viewer’s attention to the ostensibly female gestures of a woman, dance icon Pina Bausch. The way she moves her hands, holds a cigarette, or supports her head. Covering the face of the dancer are patterns of beige, black, and white pearls or colorful art prints, reminiscent of traditional costumes from northern Dalmatia and are codes that provide information about the social status and age of the specific wearer. Red stands for the young women ready for marriage, white for the wisdom of old age, blue for modesty. What are today’s codes? The photos from Aino Laberenz x African Twintowers’s work (born 1981) do not adhere to questions of beauty or status. They are snapshots of the life of the artist and costume designer. Intimate time and space capsules that allow us to partake in their idea of freedom. You can almost hear her shouting aloud: I’m going to make the world the way I like it.

The insightful American writer Joan Didion once wrote, “Remember what it is to be me: that is always the point.” And everything really begins with this “me” and the memory of this “me”: every encounter, every exchange, every change. The beginning of this all-female exhibition series is just that: a recollection and recording of femininity. And a wake-up call that exposes patriarchal voyeurism with extreme clarity.


Text: Carolin Würfel

Die Galerie für Moderne Fotografie wurde 2008 von Kirsten Hermann gegründet und befindet sich in der Schröderstraße in Berlin-Mitte.
Der Schwerpunkt des Galerieprogramms liegt insbesondere auf dem Medium der Fotografie und konzentriert sich dabei sowohl auf die Präsentation internationaler
etablierter Künstlerinnen und Künstler als auch auf die Entdeckung junger fotografischer Arbeiten.
Mit Ausstellungen wie den DDR-Modeaufnahmen des Fotografen Roger Melis aus den Sechziger und Siebziger Jahren befasst sich das Programm nicht nur mit der Modefotografie
der letzten 40 Jahre und raren Vintage-Aufnahmen, sondern zeigt auch aktuelle Arbeiten etablierter zeitgenössischer KünstlerInnen wie Camille Vivier,
Ingar Krauss oder Albrecht Fuchs. Dabei ist die Galerie immer auch auf der Suche nach spannenden jungen Positionen und zeigt Newcomer wie etwa die Bernhard Prinz-Schülerin
Karoline Klüppel und andere singuläre Künstlerpersönlichkeiten aus der Portrait- und Landschaftsfotografie. Da die Vermittlung der Vielfalt der aktuellen
zeitgenössischen Fotografie im Galerieprogramm eine große Rolle spielt, liegen neben der Modefotografie immer auch die konzeptuellen Positionen der
(inszenierten) Gegenwartsfotografie im Fokus der Galerie.
Begleitet werden die Ausstellungen in den Galerieräumen in regelmäßigen Abständen von Präsentationen im „GFM Salon“ im ersten Stock,
in denen das übliche Konzept des neutralen White Cubes dem des bewohnten Salons weicht.

The Galerie für Moderne Fotografie was founded in 2008 by Kirsten Hermann and is located on Schroederstraße in Berlin’s Mitte district.
The gallery program focuses specifically on the medium of photography and concentrates on presenting internationally established artists as well as discovering young photographic talents.
Featuring exhibitions such as the GDR fashion photography of photographer Roger Melis from the 1960s and 70s,
the program encompasses not only fashion photography from the past forty years and rare vintage photos, but also presents
current works by established contemporary artists such as Camille Vivier, Ingar Krauss, or Albrecht Fuchs. The gallery is also always
on the look out for exciting new positions and shows newcomers such as Karoline Klüppel, a former student
of Bernard Prinz, and other singular artist personalities working in portraiture and landscape photography.
In focusing on fashion photography as well as conceptual positions in current (staged) photography,
the gallery and its program seek to convey the diversity of approaches in contemporary photography today.
The shows at the gallery’s exhibitions spaces are augmented by regularly programmed presentations of work
at the GFMF Salon in various locations around Berlin and abroad.