"Women" 2008


June 28th till July 6th, 2008
Studio Thomas Kellner
Siegen, Germany


Thomas Kellner reviewed together with his supporting Jury (Thomas Gerwers profifoto, Michael Mazzeo peer gallery New York and Irina Tchmyreva Moscow Museum of Modern Art) all entries.

The exhibition shows work by 26 women photographers from 10 countries.
Each photographer is represented by one selected picture. In this project, Thomas Kellner invited one hundred photographers world wide for this juried exhibition. Out of more than a hundred submissions, the jury (comprised of Thomas Gerwers, Profifoto, Germany; Michael Mazzeo, peer Gallery, New York; Irina Tchmyreva, Moscow Museum of Modern Art and Thomas Kellner, project coordinator) selected 26 photos  for the exhibition in Siegen.

The exhibition shows work by artists that are at the same time on a similar path like Thomas Kellner. He gives us the opportunity to see images of his colleagues, whom he meets at festivals and other events somewhere in the world. The photographs are as different as the individuals who make them. There is figurative work, architectural, abstract and experimental photography. Each photograph shows a different female view into our world: poetic images, collaged imaginations, dreams, perceptions and newly created realities. The end result is a collection of contemporary work and a network, where photographers can connect and help each other in building their careers.
The exhibition is acompenied by a printed portfolio in PROFIFOTO,Germany, showing selected images.

June 28th till July 6th
Opening Saturday June 28th at 3 p.m.

Studio Thomas Kellner
Friedrichstrasse 42; D-57072 Siegen; Germany; www.tkellner.com
Opening hours: Sa/Su: 3-7p.m. and by appointment


2008 participants are:

Meredith Allen, Brooklyn, USA
Niki Berg, New York, USA
Ekaterina Bubnova, Moscow, Russia
Amanda Calluf, Curitiba, Brazil
Betsy Cullen, Watertown, USA
Angeliki Douveri, 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 Havelova, 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, Needham Heights, USA
Ludmila Steckelberg de Santa, Brasilia, Brazil
Eva Sutton, New York, USA
Sara Terry, Los Angeles, USA
Barbara Yoshida, New York, USA

photographers:network - selection 2008

Meredith Allen

Sugar Tales

My photography depicts the ever-changing landscape of the world around me.

I look for opportunities to introduce a new context to my surroundings. And through this exploration, I aim to incite the subtle tension between nature and culture, innocence and cynicism and the beautiful and the grotesque.

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Niki Berg


My work embraces aspects of family dynamics, illness and healing, the beauty of aging and the joy of unrehearsed ritual.

These photographs are self-portraits from the time I lived through breast cancer.

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Ekaterina Bubnova


Ekaterina Bubnova is an artist, art-historian, and novelist. She works in painting, design, photography. She is from the third generation of artists having residence in Moscow. Sculptors, painters and designers surrounded her from childhood, and it was very natural for her ...

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Amanda Calluf

Nightwalks 2007

At night, away from the crowds and the rush that dominates everyday life, the way of relating to a city changes substantially. Wandering through silent and empty streets one enters a distinct kind of time, ....>>> continue

Betsy Cullen

Lost and Found

My images are self-portraits.  I’m in all of them. Each illustrates a part of me that I would prefer to keep hidden. This body of work is the closest I’ve come to communicating my truth. I have always envied writers their ability to thread words together in a simple and eloquent way.  .... >>> continue

Angeliki Douveri

Gulliver in Europe

The series Gulliver in Europe consist of photographs which function as landscape, or stages, on which certain “adventures” take place, creating an underlying narrative, but above all they are about combining two realities .... >>> continue

Diane Ducruet


The images from the series “Passengers” have been realized at the time I was living in Berlin from 2005 to 2007.

The back and forth in-between the different medias used in the project is build like an echo of a collective memory, stripped off some commemorative places or museums, in order to get lost within figures and places of the past."Passengers" get to the core this business, since one can’t separate marble and flesh, .... >>> continue

Kathryn Dunlevie

Matter Unmasked

In these photographic collages everyday, familiar images are transformed into compositions that hint at invisible, underlying structures.

Individual photographs have been fractured and reassembled to symbolize the building blocks of matter. Integrating these photographic shards .... >>> continue

Claudia Fährenkemper


My images from the microcosm are taken by a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). Instead of visible light the SEM uses an electron beam, thus breaking entirely new ground in perception and means of reproduction. It is the tremendous depth of focus of the SEM, in particular, that enables us to perceive the micro-world as an exact, detailed, realistic, three-dimensional image. .... >>> continue

Blake Fitch

The Expectations of Adolescence

Adolescence is a time for identity play, a time to try on various masks in the journey toward self-discovery and adulthood.  Through our imaginations we perceive endless possibilities, but slowly awaken to the realities of resistance.   For some, racial and gender barriers may become more evident, and dreams begin to give way to doubts.
Adolescence is often a period of insecurity and.... >>> continue

April Gertler

Talking from both sides of the mouth, February 2008

The project „Talking from both sides of the mouth“ explores the notion of communication in various forms ranging from an inability to directly connect with someone, to misunderstandings, right down to attempting to connect with others although not having anyone recognize that a connection .... >>> read more

Jolana Havelkkova


Jolana Havelkova is interested in the landscape as building blocks, landscape as an abstract painting, as a configuration of the relatively limited number of pixels available in the camera of mobile phone. And she is interested in precisely the seductive doubt which distinguishes the human brain from machines and nostalgia from ... >>> read more

Roberta Holden


Antarctic exploration, and mountaineering in general, is often represented in a discourse of conquest, the heroism of man against nature. This requires that the idea of ‘self’ be constructed in opposition to the environment. Similarly, the tourist gaze objectifies and alienates place as a distanced ‘other’, a mere picture to view, without interacting with it or engaging their other senses. Scientific investigation meanwhile, maintains a necessarily rational and dispassionate regard. The Antarctic has never been home to an indigenous population; no peoples .... >>> read more

Véronique Kolber

The past is always present. You can see the marks that time left in every object, every face. The hybrid photographs of the series Apparitions are confronting past and present in an unnatural way: superposing pictures of the family-album, ....

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Ana Lucia Mariz

Baianas de Acarajé

.... Her ongoing photo-documentary, Baianas de Acarajé, continues to grow with new historical research and intimate images including street photos about this popular religion parties. .... >>> read more

Andrea Mendes

.... Enchanted and deeply impressed by the play and by the actors, I called the group and asked them if I could attend the assay of them in the next Saturday, in the theater of the Psychiatric Hospital Jurujuba, of Niterói..... >>> read more 

Anja Mohr

Orte werden Bilder

Bei der Serie "Orte werden Bilder" geht es um das künstlerische Erforschen eines ehemaligen Erzabbaugebietes in Hessen, der so genannten „Weickartshainer Schweiz“. Dabei wurden die in unterschiedlichen Medien verankerten und dokumentierten räumlich-zeitlichen, soziokulturellen, gesellschaftspolitischen, architektonischen und nicht zuletzt ästhetischen Dimensionen des Ortes ....

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Mary Parisi

Food Pictures

.... As I child I often ate chicken soup and have always loved this soothing liquid even though I think of it also as the essence of the chicken’s body. My father frequently made chicken soup and I remember at one point he began putting several pairs of chicken feet into the pot along with the chicken. ....

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Tania Reinicke

Between the waters, Vietnam 2006

The project shows a face of  Vietnam which is stamped by the late results of the Vietnam war. The past determines the future. This reflects the land Vietnam with all his facets. There is no concluded past. There is only a multi-layer present which is composed by the yesterday, today and .... >>> read more

Diana Scherer

Photography as a medium interests me because of its promise to show reality.
I have no documentary intention but use the photographic image to combine fragments from separate realities .... >>> read more

Sabine Schulz Blank

Photography to me  is a language that enables me to communicate what I see.
Being able to see is something that keeps on astonishing me..... >>> read more

Leslie Starobin

..... How this family picture survived World War II to be returned to their mother’s hands—considering her flight from Nazi occupied Poland and subsequent Soviet imprisonment—is a mystery.  “It was only after my mother and grandmother had both passed away,” Mania’s daughter said, “that .... >>> read more

Ludmila Steckelberg de Santa

The absence of all colors

.... In the cut intent, the intimate contact with the person’s image, always a relative, makes me get in touch with details of these people, that sometimes I knew, and sometimes not. That creates a connection – a knowledge – with me and the person, transforming the process in a experience extremely intense and emotional. ...... >>> read more

Eva Sutton

Dark Dream: Picturing Cambodia

During the Vietnam War, the United States military began a relentless campaign of carpet-bombing over Cambodia, ...... In 1979 Cambodians were told that it was the "Year Zero", a new beginning with no past and no future. It was the beginning of the Killing Fields. ....

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Sara Terry

Cell phone photography

Hands (Marc Riboud), is from an ongoing project of cell phone photography, which is all about pictures that I cannot make with larger cameras; there is something inherent in the limitations....

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Barbara Yoshida


In 2003 I pitched my tent next to the ancient Ring of Brodgar in Scotland and photographed from evening through the night until dawn. That was the beginning .... >>>


Saturday June 28th

10 -12 a.m. short lectures at Museum of Contemporary Art Siegen

Ana Lucia Mariz, São Paulo
Andrea Mendes, Brasilia
April Gertler, Berlin / San Francisco
Angeliki Douveri, Athens
Tania Reinicke, Dortmund
Anja Mohr, Linden
Diana Scherer, Amsterdam
Claudia Faehrenkemper, Werne
Diane Ducruet, Paris & Hamburg


3 p.m. opening at studio Thomas Kellner, Atelier Friedrichstrassse 42, Siegen