genius loci, Metenkow House of Photography, Yekaterinburg, Russia

genius loci
Two Germans in the land of the Tsars

14. November to 15 December 2013
Metenkow House of Photography, Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation

“He starts to play the rhythm of the world created by mankind, full of constructed churches and factories, and serves the observer the rhythm of a whole landscape - not the individual monuments.” Chmyrewa, Irina, genius loci. Thomas Kellner. Zwei Siegener im Zarenland. Thomas Kellner, 2013, Seltmann+Söhne, Berlin/ Siegen, page 20

This project deals in an artistic-photographical manner with two important industrial areas in Germany and Russia, which are linked to each other through the common history of industrial culture. I’m talking of my hometown Siegen and two of the biggest cities of Russia, Yekaterinburg and Perm.
There is something that scarcely anybody knows: Yekaterinburg and Perm were founded by the native of Siegen, Georg Wilhelm Henning. Georg Wilhelm de Gennin, as he is called in Russia, October 11th 1676 till April 12th 1750, was a German born officer and artificer, who was invited from Peter the Great to Russia because of having an outstanding knowledge in metallurgy. In the 1720ies he founded the first mining schools in Russia, travelled to Europe to promote specialists in mining and built new plants in the Urals, which developed in a minimum of time to one of the most important economic and educational centre: Yekaterinburg and Perm.
In 2013 I followed the traces of Henning and photographed important enterprises in Germany and Russia to show their similarity, namely the processing of steel and metal. As result there emerged a series about the industrial architecture in the Siegerland and the Urals, that presents the heretofore little known relation between these industrial areas. The exhibition with my works started already in November in Yekaterinburg und moves afterwards to Moscow, Krasnodar, Pingyao (China) and back to Siegen. In addition, there will be a book with wonderful photographs showing on 120 pages the industrial architecture and culture of different regions, and essays telling interesting things about the Siegerland, the origins of Henning and my work as an artist.

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Ingo and Gerlinde Schultze-Schnabl, Steffen and Heidi Mues, Mr. and Mrs. Kowalewski, Thomas Fischer, Gräbener Maschinentechnik GmbH u. Co KG, Dr. Theodor and Marion Gräbener, Philipp Bojahr,Heinrich Georg GmbH Maschinenfabrik, Mark Georg, it:koloss, Dr. Christian Jung, BGH Edelstahl Siegen GmbH, Gunnar Kohlschein, Ardis Bartle, Hotel im Auerbachtal, Hans-Georg Müller, RWE Siegen, Vetter Umformtechnik, Arnold Vetter, Michael Bolus and Maria Freericks, Nelly Thomas, Ingrid Tielsch, Tsubaki Kabelschlepp GmbH, Olaf Hübner, Guido Schmidt, Harry Y. Oda, Natalja Resch, Simon Puschmann, Marcus Freitas, Susan Livi, Michael Dooney, Peter Wiklund, Joan Morgenstern, Alex Kiryutin, Ina-Marie Schmidt, Dan & Adel Nelken, Andreas Klaas, Denis Tarasov.

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Kellner, T. Chmyreva, I., Bingener, A., Berkovitch, A., 2014. genius loci. Lüdenscheid /Berlin: seltmann + söhne.   <link thomas-kellner publications kellner-genius-loci internal-link internen link im aktuellen>>>>

Kellner, T. Chmyreva, I., Berkovitch, A., genius loci. Yekaterinburg: Metenkow House Museum of Photography.


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