Refusal Of Reality - Subjective Positions

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Refusal Of Reality - Subjective Positions
Refusal Of Reality – Subjective Positions In Contemporary Photography.

ROSTOCK, GERMANY.- The exhibition takes place on three locations: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung-MV & Artstation, Galerie am Alten Markt, and Kunstverein Roter Pavillon. Participants: Katrin Amft, Marc Grümmert, Tim Kellner, Thanh Long, Knut Wolfgang Maron, Janet Riedel, Heidi Schneekloth, Michael Strauss, and Janet Zeugner. In the exhibition series and the corresponding catalogue nine photographers initiate a paradigm shift in the current photography discourse.

Although all the artists work in different ways and their artwork finds different expressions – from light painting and chemigrams to subjective photographic works – they all follow the idea of “Subjective Photography”.

By dealing with the radical positions of the vanguard art of the twenties and the “Subjective Photography” of the fifties and sixties until today they expand the photographic thinking and formulate a personal point of view, which shows the relationship between the photographer and the world.

Despite different production methods and visual strategies the works are united by the common element of the subjective view of reality. The artists adopt a contraposition to a documentary and realistic photography and find a more metaphoric, lyric, narrative and subjective approach.

Although a number of individual artists work in a subjective context, for the first time a group has formed, which will bring its positions forward in the following three years in Germany and overseas. The refusal of a represented reality opens the way to the real.

"We do not have a consciousness that, as idealism would have it, constitutes things. Nor do things proceed our consciousness, as realism would have it [...] with our body, with our senses, with our gaze and our ability to understand and to use language, we are provided with the measuring tools to assess being ("das Sein"), and with dimensions to which we can relate it to, however, we are not equipped with a relationship of direct equivalencies or immanence. Our perception of the world and of its history is the practice of this process of taking measures and the investigation of its discrepancies in relation to our norms." (Merleau-Ponty).

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