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Asked about the most important influence on her work, Lia Darjes answers: “Visits in the Berlin Gemäldegalerie.” This influence is clearly visible in her new project “Tempora Morte”. The photographic series was created in 2016 in Kaliningrad, Russia, and documents roadside market stands where old people sell the modest harvest from their garden or the nearby forest to supplement their meagre pensions. “In autumn you may find three apples, some raisins and two bulbs of garlic. At other times of the year maybe two jars of homemade strawberry jam and two cabbages or dried fish.”

Theoretically these images are therefore documentary images, they could also be understood as a reportage on topics such as old-age poverty or micro-economics – but mostly, they are still life studies. The subject matter is iconically exaggerated, through the use of a small flash and the underexposure of the background, Darjes creates still lifes reminiscent of the opulent paintings of old Dutch masters. “I had long been looking for an opportunity to do a contemporary still life project. But I did not want to stage those still lifes in the studio, but find them in the real world, extracting them from reality. I could do just that for Tempora Morte.”

Lia Darjes was born in Berlin in 1984 and grew up in Hamburg. She studied with Prof. Ute Mahler first at HAW in Hamburg and then as a master class student with Prof. Ute Mahler and Ingo Taubhorn at Ostkreuzschule in Berlin. Since 20018 she herself has a teaching position at Ostkreuzschule. Her award-winning work is exhibited internationally. The book to the series “Tempora Morte” was published with a text by Andrei Zavadski at Hartmann Books.

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Bertien van Manen, the great renovator of documentary photography, will be honored with an extensive retrospective exhibition in her hometown of Amsterdam at the Stedelijk Museum in spring 2020. Coinciding with this large museum show, Robert Morat Gallery is pleased to be able to present a small survey show titled “Book Stories” in Berlin.

Throughout her career, renowned Dutch photographer Bertien van Manen (*1942, The Hague) has been known for her publications. Her first photo books, “One Hundred Summers, One Hundred Winters” (De Verbeelding, Amsterdam, 1994) and “East Wind, West Wind” (De Verbeelding, Amsterdam, 2001), have established her reputation as an uncompromising documentarist and artist working in photography; today both are rare, sought-after collectibles on the photobook market. The exhibition and book project “Give Me Your Image” (Steidl, Göttingen, 2006) led to great international recognition and solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich, the Fine Arts Museum in Boston or the Museum Ludwig in Budapest.

Since 2011 van Manen has been publishing exclusively with MACK Books in London. The first book there was titled “Let’s sit down before we go” (Mack Books, London, 2011), followed by “Easter and Oak Trees” (Mack Books, London, 2013), “Moonshine” (Mack Books, London , 2014), “Beyond Maps and Atlases” (Mack Books, London, 2016) and finally “I will be Wolf” (Mack Books, London, 2017).

The exhibition includes individual images and work contexts from all published series and aims to provide an overview of over 25 years of photographic work and in particular to underline the influential role of Bertien van Manen as a photobook artist.

Robert Voit The Alphabet of New Plants

Archive Berlin 2016 - 2010

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SCHWARZWEISS Zeitgenössische Positionen in der Schwarz-Weiß-Fotografie
2007
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Enver Hirsch Menschen Tiere Sensationen
2006
Andy Scholz Fotografie 2002-2006
Wolf Böwig Fotoarbeiten 1995-2005
2004
Michael Melcer Milch and Hering Jewish Food Shops in New York

Archive Hamburg 2016 - 2004

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