“The major part of my work is the combinations that I put together between the photographs, which question each other, enrich each other; they can be very similar to each other or very different.”

Artist Shirana Shahbazi during an interview with Eva Respini, associate curator of the MoMA exhibition New Photography 2012.

Shirana Shahbazi, born in 1974 in Tehran, presents her photographic artworks in ever-changing, dynamic arrangements that keenly challenge our perception and question our way of thinking.


“With her pictures, Shirana Shahbazi takes up the visual spectrum of the present and transforms it into a semantic complexity that cannot be achieved through classifications and formal categories. These pictures insist on a necessary openness that is demanded unconditionally and seeks out and withstands the pluralist, equal juxtaposition.”

Andreas Fiedler, curator of the Shirana Shahbazi exposition First Things First, artistic director of the KINDL Centre for Contemporary Art.


Works by Shirana Shahbazi appear in the following public collections,
a selection:

Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA – Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland – Kunsthaus, Zürich, Switzerland – Tate Modern, London, Great Britain – The National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen, Denmark – MuSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain – Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


First Things First by Shirana Shahbazi – a representative selection of work from the last 10 years

April 02, 2017 to August 06, 2017, KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art
Power House / Maschinenhaus M2
Am Sudhaus 3, 12053 Berlin, Wed – Sun 12.00 – 18.00

The catalogue, First Things First, with text by Jens Asthoff, edited by Andreas Fiedler, KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, is published by Sternberg Press.

“Art and architecture are interfused, sight and space are explored,
as art proposes a new kind of perception.”

Sinta Werner, Master of Fine Arts, 2007, Goldsmiths College, London, works with installations and collages. She poses questions in which the boundaries between artwork and exhibition space, between image and sculpture, are broken down. Based in Berlin, she has realised international exhibitions from Bergen to Marrakech.

The public art concept by Sinta Werner references colour theory, which has overlapping elements with art, psychology, biology, physics and chemistry, and thus alludes to the school as a place of learning.

© Sinta Werner, CMYK colour space
1st prize, public art competition, Munich
realised in 2015 at the Meindl School, Munich

Monograph, Sinta Werner “In the pictorial space of the real”, Kerber Verlag, 2016
Text by Ludwig Seyfarth, Andreas Koch, Anne van Leeuwen

Sinta Werner is represented by the gallery alexander levy.

“The EUROPA LIGHT INSTALLATION is both a symbol and a statement in the public domain. EUROPA stands for the shared values of the European Community and a free society living in peaceful coexistence, and therefore represents all its achievements – even if they are often perceived unconsciously or as a matter of course.”

Caro Baumann and Johannes Schele, architects and project initiators


“Today, so much seems self-evident even when it clearly isn’t. Not too long ago, this place, this city, this land – the whole of Europe – lay in ruins. History is still palpable. For this reason, it is important to make statements that emanate a positive and affirmative message in support of Europe, like this light installation. Resembling a lighthouse, it serves as a figurative aid to navigation, guiding us through the darkness and symbolising hope.”

Lukas Feireiss, author, curator


Alexandrinenstrasse 118-121, 10969 Berlin

The next EUROPA installation will be unveiled on May 07, 2017
Bühnenturm, Komische Oper, Behrenstrasse 55, 10117 Berlin


“We need a Europe whose citizens don’t operate as consumers, but as jointly responsible producers of the European project. So that Europeans see and accept this project as their own, it needs to be returned to them.”

Bernhard Schneider, A Soul For Europe

In the banking sector, senior positions are predominantly held by men. Loredana Nemes decided to photograph some of them. Doing so, the artist sculpturally arranges the suit and accessories in an avant-garde manner. Commonly considered as the uniform and insignia of the world of business and finance, Nemes stylistically experiments with the fabric of the suit, bestowing it a new materiality and form. With this, the essence and the inward gaze of the wearer become apparent.

Loredana Nemes is a highly-esteemed artist who devises photographic series in black and white, creating unique portraits that examine the notion of identity.

© Loredana Nemes, Jan/Joachim/Jürgen, 2016, silver gelatin print
60 x 50 cm, edition of 5 (+ 2 a.p.), 100 x 83.4 cm, edition of 5 (+ 1 a.p.)
Courtesy Podbielski Contemporary

Sep 08 to Nov 19, 2016, Tue – Sat, 12.00 – 18.00
Podbielski Contemporary, Koppenplatz 5, 10115 Berlin

“Good to look at, good to think about.”

John Szarkowski, director of photography at the Museum of Modern Art,
New York, from 1962 to 1991, in Jan Groover: Photographs, New York 1993.


seen at KLEMM’S Berlin

© Jan Groover, Untitled (0647), 1980, platinum-palladium contact print, 20,3 x 25,5 cm, edition of 15
© Jan Groover, Untitled (KSL 63.1), 1978, chromogenic print, 50,8 x 61 cm, edition of 3

copyright Jan Groover, courtesy Janet Bordon, Inc., New York


Jan Groover, 1943-2012, born in Plainfield, New Jersey, turned away from abstract painting in the early 1970s and began experimenting with the medium of photography. – Groover eliminated the documentary elements from her works, still lifes and people, and challenged the limits of the medium, investigating the relationship between the elements of her works, creating, in a sense, abstraction.

Jan Groover’s photographic works are relevant and groundbreaking artworks that helped facilitate the acceptance of photography as an art form. Her oeuvre has provided a constant source of inspiration for subsequent generations of artists.


Until Oct 22 2016
Prinzessinnenstr. 29  10969 Berlin
Tue – Sat  11-18


“The combination of documentary and fiction draws out the inner state of mind of each character, revealing the psychological tensions between the protagonists.”

Viktoria Sorochinski was born in Mariupol/Ukraine in 1979. She has lived in Magadan/Russia, Jerusalem, Montreal and New York, and currently lives in Berlin. Sorochinski explores issues of family dynamics, constantly redefining her own identity in the process. The artist’s multidisciplinary background – including painting, sculpture and installation – is evident in her photographic and video works.

In the video Daddy’s Confession, 2012, part of the photographic/video project Daddy, 2008-2015, Viktoria Sorochinski portrays a father’s internal monologue; his unfulfilled wish to have a son turns into an unexpected reality in which he has to bring up a daughter.

“To create a work in which the lack of a single element will cause the entire structure – the invisible existences of things and their relationships – to collapse like a cosmos.”

KEIJI UEMATSU, born in 1947 in Kobe, Japan, works with drawing, sculpture and photography.


Seen at the GALERIE LÖHRL booth at this year’s ART COLOGNE

© Keiji Uematsu, “Wave Motion I” (1) and (2), 1976, 2 silver gelatin prints, each 40.6 x 51.3 cm, Edition of 4, Courtesy Galerie Löhrl, Mönchengladbach


Keiji Uematsu is currently participating in Performing for the Camera at Tate Modern, London, from February 18 to June 12, 2016. With the solo exhibition Invisible Force, Uematsu is currently being presented by Simon Lee, London, until May 5, 2016.



In his most recent project, the series Four Birds, Carsten Höller presents depictions of finches that have been born infertile as a result of their breeding. Rendered in monochrome, these representations draw attention to each specific corpus and each individual feather. The stylised studio setting suggests selective breeding and transcience, but simultaneously highlights the uniqueness and beauty of these animals.

Carsten Höller, born in 1961 in Brussels, works as an installation artist. His experiences in the biological sciences are a recurrent influence on his artistic concepts.

Carsten Höller participated in the 2015 Venice Biennale and documenta X in Kassel, Germany. Over the last two decades, his works have been shown in major international museums, including Tate Modern, London, New Museum, New York and Museum Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. The artist lives and works between Stockholm, Sweden and Biriwa, Ghana.

The photogravures Four Birds are published by Niels Borch Jensen Editions, Copenhagen.

Four Birds is part of the exhibition:


Niels Borch Jensen Gallery
Lindenstr. 34, 10969 Berlin
Until March 5, 2016
Tuesday – Saturday, 11.00 – 18.00

“My works employ symbolism and surreal scene orchestration to approach the psychological situation of the characters. I want to disrupt the audience’s expectations of images of refugees and to give them questions more than answers.”

Omar Imam, Life, Love, Refugee

Omar Imam, born 1979 in Syria, uses sarcastic conceptual photography and fictional short films as a reaction to the violent situation in Syria. Imam’s work is focused on the issue of Syrian refugees. Omar Imam is currently living in Beirut.

“For the Prince Claus Fund exhibition Return of the Soul, five selected grantees of the 2014 Arab Documentary Photography Programme ADPP developped site-specific installations of their work, using photography, video, text.”
Curated by Hester Keijser

With works by Reem Falaknaz, Faisal Al Fouzan, Samar Hazboun, Omar Imam, and Natalie Naccache

The Arab Documentary Photography Programme ADPP is a joint initiative of the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture and the Prince Claus Fund, in collaboration with Magnum Foundation.

Until November 6, 2015
Monday – Friday, 10.00h – 17.00h
Herengracht 603, 1017 CE Amsterdam

“The butterfly is located in the private estate of Carlo Mollino.
The souls of the dead within a mirrored frame; an erotic fetish of the dandy.”

Heidi Specker about Via Napione VIII, 2010, Fine Art Print, 42 x 65 cm,
Edition of 10, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Courtesy Grimaldi Gavin, London.

The artist, born in 1962 in Damme, is renowned for her photographic works and artist books. Upcoming solo exhibitions: REPRISE, Pinakothek der Moderne, München 2015, PORTRAITS, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin 2016.

NATURZEICHENZEICHNEN as photographic exhibition is realised on the initiative of Frau Dr. Christiane Stahl, director of the ALFRED EHRHARDT FOUNDATION. The curator of the show is Janos Frecot, head of the photographic collection at the Berlinische Galerie from 1978 to 2002, where he was active in collecting, exhibiting and publishing. Works from his private collection are featured.

With works by Michael Schmidt, Heidi Specker, Arno Schmidt, Dieter Appelt, Floris M. Neusüss, Loredana Nemes, Hanns Zischler, Amin El Dib, Jitka Hanzlová and other artists.

Until September 13, 2015,
Tuesday – Sunday 11.00 – 18.00, Thursday 11.00 – 21.00
Auguststr. 75, 10117 Berlin Mitte

“Photography is communication – with those portrayed and with the viewer of my works. With a camera in my hand I am able to ask anything and to say everything. Photography is a way of experiencing the world and making this world visible.”

Bettina Flitner has occupied “a unique position in German photography scene for 25 years” (Photonews). Together with the testimonies of those portrayed in her pictures, her award-winning photographic works frequently give rise to intense debates.
Speaking in relation to her trilogy My Enemy – My Monument – My Heart (Mein Feind – Mein Herz – Mein Denkmal), Art historian Prof. Klaus Honnef said of the artist: “Since the beginning of the 1990s, she has infiltrated the art world and broken through its boundaries.”

Bettina Flitner at the ‘Kunsträume’ of the Michael Horbach Foundation
– a broad retrospective with political essays by the artist –
January 18 until April 18, 2015

Opening Sunday, January 18, 2015, at 11.00
Curator Gérard A. Goodrow will give an introduction to mark the opening of the exhibition. The artist will be present.

‘Kunsträume’ of the Michael Horbach Foundation
Wormser Str. 23, 50677 Cologne
Wednesdays and Fridays 15.30 to 18.30, Sundays 11.00 to 14.00
Or by appointment: +49 (0)221 2999 3378

“Sketching is an expressive forecast, in a drawing, of something that might become.”

Jo Coenen is a prominent and internationally established architect, urbanist and professor, recently nominated curator and director of the IBA-Parkstad, International Building Exhibition.

The exhibition Signed, Jo Coenen. presents an impressive selection of Coenen’s sketches, drawings and visions for the first time in public. These major works provide an insight into the searching and into the vulnerable process of creation. A cinematic portrait focuses on Jo Coenen’s role as doyen and professor, as Chief Government Architect of the Netherlands, and as the curator-director of IBA Parkstad.

Internationally recognised curator of the exhibition is Saskia van Stein, Artistic Director of Bureau Europa, Maastricht.

The vernissage of Signed, Jo Coenen. will take place on 27 September 2014, from 17.00 until 19.00. Ger Koopmans, Executive Councillor for Culture, Limburg, will officially open the show in presence of Jo Coenen.

Signed, Jo Coenen. is presented from 28 September to 9 November 2014, Wednesday to Sunday, from 11.00 until 17.00 at Bureau Europa, Timmerfabriek, Boschstraat 9, 6211 AS Maastricht, the Netherlands.

“The process is central to my work. I transpose landscape, architecture or people into the open evolution of my pieces. Through the raw action of repeatedly adding layers and repainting, both objects and paintings emerge.”

Aldo van den Broek, born 1985 in the Netherlands, is a self-taught visual artist. He is known for his striking, multi-layered artworks. Aldo van den Broek is represented by Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam.

The exhibition PALIMPSEST TBILISI is an artistic response to the city of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.

The opening will take place on 12 September 2014, from 18.00 until 21.00. The artist will be present.
Venue: Potsdamer Str. 81c, Ground floor, 10785 Berlin.

PALIMPSEST TBILISI will be open daily from 13 to 27 September 2014, from 12.00 until 18.00.
During Berlin Art Week, from 19 to 21 September, the exhibition will be open from 12.00 until 22.00.
OTTO – the international art and music project for the cello, begins on 14 September 2014 at 13.00. It will be presented by the French cellist Céline Papion and the artist Aldo van den Broek.

”It is something close to my heart, to bring the art of the architectural drawing and the importance of hand-sketching within an architect’s oeuvre to a broader public.”

Sergei Tchoban, founder and benefactor of the Tchoban Foundation,
collection, Foundation and Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin.

The current exhibition New Acquisitions. Works on paper. 1967–2013 includes works by Gottfried Böhm, Zvi Hecker, Oscar Niemeyer, David Chipperfield,
Zaha Hadid, Aldo Rossi, Bow-Wow, Oleg Kharchenko and others.

The exhibition New Acquisitions. Works on paper. 1967–2013 is on view until 13 June 2014.
Tchoban Foundation, Christinenstraße 18a, 10119 Berlin.
Opening times: Mon-Fri 14-19.00, Sat-Sun 13-17.00.