Photo Trouvé: The Truth About the Flat Object in Photography - Video Interview of Thomas Kellner at the PIP Festival

Still-life paintings always have been important in the history of Fine Art and single objects in paintings were filled with an aura and often iconological. Here, we introduce a curatorial exhibition at the 2018 Pingyao Festival, which is titled "The Truth About the Flat Object in Photography" curated by German artist Thomas Kellner.


Project Title: Photo Trouvé: The Truth About the Flat Object in Photography

Curator: Thomas Kellner

Photographers:

Anne-France Abillon, Elaine Duigenan, Gould Meggan, Lorena Guillen Vaschetti, Jürgen Königs, Kent Rogowski, Sarah Straßmann



Video interview of Thomas Kellner


Curator's Introduction:

German artist Thomas Kellner is known for his photographs of seemingly dancing architecture of tourist attractions from all over the world. He also writes for different photo magazines and curates exhibitions regularly, like at the "2nd International Industrial Photography Festival” (IIPF) in ShenYang, China. Led by the ideas to generate synergies, to build a stage for exchange and to serve mutual inspiration, he successfully initiates projects and events, like the "photographers: network" from 2004 - 2013. Further realized ideas are: Brauhausfotografie at the University of Siegen, "Kunstsommer" which is organized by the art society, two seven+, ars victoria publisher and recently the artcamp. He has taught as a visiting scholar in Gießen, as a visiting lecturer in Paderborn, and Koblenz and held presentations at various universities domestic and abroad. His curator activities are a part of his artistic creations and therefore are interwoven in his work as an artist.

Project's Introduction:

In 1822, Niecephore Niepce was the inventor of photography and competitor to Louis Daguerre. He took an image of a table with glass bottles, which we know as the very first still-life in the history of photography. Still-life paintings always have been important in the history of Fine Art and single objects in paintings were filled with an aura and often iconological.

When Marcel Duchamp invented the objet trouvé with the cicle`s wheel in 1913 or the fountain of 1917 the object itself became the ready-made. Picassos bull, made from a saddle and handlebars, shows that from the beginning of the 20th century on we were able to accept the object itself as an artistic expression, or we were able to see it as something else at the same time.

Beginning of the 20th century, Karl Blossfeld also searched for our natural expressions in nature. He created a timeless series of forms that he found in plants. Almost at the same time Paul Cézanne painted his famous still-lives of apples, oranges and later peaches. In his paintings color and form of the brush became as important as the painted object and the painting of the object became a representation of itself.

Nowadays we are surrounded by billions of man-made objects. Food, genetic converted plants, industrial products, monumental machines and all waste is present all around and circling in clouds around our planet. The artists in this exhibition work based on this knowledge between the photographed object, seen through the viewfinder like through the renaissance-like window, up to the objet trouvé, where the photo itself becomes the photo trouvé. The only thing that remains is the question what the object on the wall still means.

Exhibition photos ↓:

Photo by Anne-France Abillo

Photo by Elaine Duigenan

Photo by Gould Meggan

Photo by Kent Rogowski

Photo by Lorena Guillen Vaschetti

Photo by Sarah Straßmann





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Curator and Photographer:

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