Last weekend, this year's photographers:network selection 2008 exhibition opened in Thomas Kellner's studio. As has been the case since the first event in 2004, every year colleagues spare no expense, time or effort and travel from as far away as Tokyo or San Francisco for the summer group exhibition. One of the reasons is certainly the friendly relationship with Siegen-based photo artist Thomas Kellner, but another is the highly qualified jury that Kellner assembles every year to support the selection. In recent years, renowned curators, journalists and gallery owners have been involved in the selection of the exhibited works. (Thomas Gerwers, Profifoto; Burkhard Arnold, in focus Galerie am Dom, Cologne; Gerard Goodrow, former director ArtCologne; Thomas Poller, Galerie Poller Frankfurt/NewYork; Alison Nordstrom, George Eastman House Rochester/USA; Dagmar Peveling, Galerie Peveling, Cologne; Dr. Claude Wing Sui, Reichs Enelhorn Museum, Mannheim; Michael Mazzeo, peer gallery, New York; Irina Tchmyreva, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russia; Nicole Stanner, Galerie f5.2, Munich; Diana Edkins, Aperture Foundation, New York).
Most of the photographers traveling to Siegen first meet in Siegen, as Kellner finds his colleagues all over the world. In the Siegen exhibition, visitors can view a picture by each of this year's authors, study the monographs on display and other documents relating to the photographers. A small audience was able to enjoy a deeper insight into the work of the artists on Saturday morning. Every year, the photographers meet in the lecture hall of the Museum of Contemporary Art for lectures and in order to answer questions from colleagues and the public. There were exciting things to learn about Macrokosmos by Claudia Fährenkemper, who recently exhibited at the Kunstmuseum Bonn, from Frauen, die an Bäumen hängen by Diana Scherer, mummy-like portraits by Diane Ducruet, or the Theater of the Oppressed by Andrea Mendes.
Next weekend, the exhibition will be open again on Saturday and Sunday from 3 to 7pm. The silent auction of a work by Kellner, which will be offered for sale to finance the exhibition of colleagues, will end at 6pm. Thomas Kellner will be present at the exhibition himself and can provide further insight on the pictures.
On Saturday June 28 2007, 10 to 12am the following photographers presented:
Ana Lucia Mariz, São Paulo, Andrea Mendes, Brasilia, Angeliki Douveri, Athens, Anja Mohr, Linden, Diana Scherer, Amsterdam, Claudia Faehrenkemper, Werne.
Meredith Allen, Brooklyn, USA
Niki Berg, New York, USA
Ekaterina Bubnova, Moscow, Russia
Amanda Calluf, Curitiba, Brazil
Betsy Cullen, Watertown, USA
Angeliki Douveri, Athens, Greece
Diane Ducruet, Hamburg, Germany/ Paris, France
Kathryn Dunlevie, Palo Alto, USA
Claudia Faehrenkemper, Werne, Germany
Blake Fitch, Boston, USA
April Gertler, Berlin, Germany/San Francisco, USA
Jolana Havelkova, Kolin, Czeck Republic
Roberta Holden, Vancouver, Canada
Véronique Kolber, Bourglinster, Luxembourg
Ana Lucia Mariz, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Andrea Mendes, Brasilia, Brazil
Anja Mohr, Linden, Germany
Mary Parisi, Pacifica, CA, USA
Tanja Reinicke, Dortmund, Germany
Diana Scherer, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Sabine Schulz Blank, Bournemouth, Great Britain
Leslie Starobin, Boston, USA
Ludmila Steckelberg de Santa, Brasilia, Brazil
Eva Sutton, New York, USA
Sara Terry, Los Angeles, USA
Barbara Yoshida, New York, USA
Atelier Friedrichstrasse 42
Exhibition open Saturdays and Sundays 3 to 7pm.