Regina Schmeken is one of Germany‘s most famous artists. Her photographs will be on show at the Goethe-Institut Bordeaux from October 14th 2020 through February 5th 2021.
The exhibition “Black is White” presents figures and forms from various scenes. The selection from the past 40 years, curated by Luise Holke and the artist herself, invites the visitor to discover the art of comment through photography and Schmeken’s particular view. Precise observations, pictures meant to grow into historical monuments over time: from the fall of the Berlin wall via all but abstract athletic bodies in movement to an impressive portrait of Greta Thunberg behind a fence that seems to keep her and her generation from taking over. Schmekens subjective seizure of the moment sharpens the viewer’s perception in an ever moving, fleeting world.
Regina Schmeken (*1955) works with photography as an artistic medium since 1976. For her early works she received the Prix de la Critique of the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles in 1978. First acquisitions were made by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Schmeken‘s works have been shown in exhibitions since the beginning of the 1980s. Recently, her large format series about the crime scenes of the NSU received much attention. She works for the Süddeutsche Zeitung since 1986.
The works on show in Bordeaux are drawn from various series: on the German unification era 1989/90, motion studies (dance, soccer, pole vault, fencing) and political personalities and events. Regina Schmeken lives and works in Berlin. More information: www.reginaschmeken.com
Black is White
14 October 2020 – 5 February 2021
35 cours de Verdun