Franziska Stünkel – »COEXIST Part 4 – Mediterranean«

Thursday, May 18, 2017, 7 p.m.

Opening remarks:
Inas Fayed, editor in chief, Leica Photografy International

Franziska Stünkel has been working on her multiple award-winning “COEXIST” series since 2009. The photographs taken in the metropolises of this world strikingly address the coexistence of the most different types of people on earth and hence the multifaceted levels of human existence. Franziska Stünkel’s authentic unique artistic realization of this theme makes her work unique: The visual starting points of the photographs are reflections on glass. A cosmos comprising individual phases of life unfolds before the viewer in a vexing play of perspectives that are connected and interrelated in the pictorial space. This enables the artist to lend a balanced and simultaneously suspenseful compositional structure to her works that do without digital processing or retouching. We are very pleased to be able to show Franziska Stünkel’s new works from the Mediterranean that subtly express the ambivalence in the perception of this region as a vacation paradise on the one hand and as the original site of refugee movements on the other. To supplement the photographs, Franziska Stünkel is showing a video for the first time. In “SEA,” she documents the kaleidoscopic refugee experience of an acquainted Syrian artist.

Pepa Salas Vilar, Hannover – Painting, Installation

We are introducing the Spanish artist Pepa Salas Vilar from Hannover in our OUT-LOOK project space.
She completed her doctorate in Spain and has lived in Hannover since 2011 after stations in Poland and Italy. Striking features of her puzzling, largely black-and-white works are the deliberate color accents and the historical impression they make, which are reminiscent of old photographs. The artist’s work revolves around her own very personal experiences of being an alien living abroad, of being a new arrival and a traveler. The artist develops intricate pictorial worlds in this way that touch the view emotionally without drifting off into clichés. Salas Vilar combines her figurative scenarios in a collage-like manner with abstract color elements and symbolically charged objects, tying into the associative fantasy world of the Other.

Duration of the exhibition:
May 19 – August 12, 2017

Please note:
All Saturdays are closed in July!

Opening hours:
Wednesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Or by appointment.