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Photography: Polaroid, Color, C-type, Photo on Other.
Just ok (High Desert)
Edition 1/10, 20x20cm, 2019.
Digital C-Print, based on an original expired Polaroid.
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Artist Inventory # 22192
Stefanie Schneider: A German view of the American West
The works of Stefanie Schneider evoke Ed Ruscha's obsession with the American experience, the richness of Georgia O'Keefe's deserts and the loneliness of Edward Hopper's haunting paintings. So how exactly did this German photographer become one of the most important artists of the American narrative of the 20th and 21st century?
Born in Germany in 1968, photographer Schneider divides her time between Berlin and Los Angeles. Her process begins in the American West, in locations such as the planes and deserts of Southern California, where she photographs her subjects. In Berlin, Schneider develops and enlarges her works.
What is most striking about Schneider's images is the colour which evokes the appearance of expired Polaroid film. Her role in preserving the use of Polaroid is one aspect of her work that has gained great respect from her contemporaries and the critics, as her work came about during a time when the Polaroid, a symbol of American photography, was on the road to extinction.
This theme of preservation and deterioration is a core part of Schneider's oeuvre. In an interview in October 2014 with Artnet, the artist explained how her own experiences of pain and loss inspire her. ''My work resembles my life: Love, lost and unrequited, leaves its mark in our lives as a senseless pain that has no place in the present.''
Schneider's subjects are often featured in apocalyptic settings: desert planes, trailer parks, oilfields, run-down motels and empty beaches, alone, or if not, not connected with one another. ''It is the tangible experience of ''absence'' that has inspired my work,'' explained Schneider.
This sense of absence runs deep through Schneider's work. Long before Valencia, Mayfair and Amaro, or any other Instagram filters, Schneider was creating this otherworldliness the image sharing network tries to create.
(Jason Zyzak, Barnebys UK, May 3, 2017)
Stefanie Schneider received her MFA in Communication Design at the Folkwang Schule Essen, Germany. Her work has been shown at the Museum for Photography, Braunschweig, Museum für Kommunikation, Berlin, the Institut für Neue Medien, Frankfurt, the Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, Kunstverein Bielefeld, Museum für Moderne Kunst Passau, Les Rencontres d'Arles, Foto -Triennale Esslingen, Bombay Beach Biennale, DZ Bank Collection, Frankfurt.
Moving/Image curated by ELLEN M. HARRINGTON, DZ Kunstsammlung, Frankfurt, Germany (G) with John Baldessari, Anna und Bernhard Blume, Philip-Lorca di Corcia, David Hockney, Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Terrence Malick, Tracey Moffatt, Julian Rosefeldt, Stefanie Schneider, Cindy Sherman. June 6 - Dec 10 / 2019.
Bombay Beach Biennale, Bombay Beach, USA (G), Co-founded & curating the Bombay Beach Biennale Polaroid Museum with Tao Ruspoli. Ongoing.
Size: 7.9 W x 7.9 H x 0.1 in
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