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The Diva (Beachshoot) - Limited Edition of 10 Photograph

Stefanie Schneider

United States

Photography, Polaroid on Other

Size: 7.9 W x 7.9 H x 0.1 D in

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The Diva (Beachshoot) - 2005 20x20cm, Edition 1/10, digital C-Print, based on a Polaroid Certificate and Signature label, artist Inventory # 1461. Not mounted. Beachshoot These photographic phantasies are determined by carefully chosen constraints and the use of symbolic attributes. Telegraph poles, airplanes, vast wastelands, a train bridge or a 50s American car tell in the same manner different stories, as do lurid wigs, kids toys, a headscarf or an old super 8 camera. Schneider’s work feeds on anecdotes and story telling, but also on her specific European perspective on America. The world of her photographs is populated by narrow-chested boys and fragile girls, who do not seem to be aware of their own youth and beauty. Their light heartedness is invaded by a menacing grown-up world, to which they oppose their juvenile lack of compromise. 
And actually her work does have an autobiographical aspect to it, since the artist makes herself and her friends the focus of the camera. Stefanie Schneider photographs her ‘mises en scene’ with a Polaroid camera, of all things. The medium that is usually understood as a means to conserve documentary immediacy is being used in its opposite sense, since places, postures, costumes and especially the eye-catching image sections are staged. This technical ‘plot device’ mirrors her method as well as her purpose: the laureate of the Folkwangschule Essen uses only expired Polaroid material. Marks, scintillation, black empty smudges and massive changes in colour add a second layer of reality to the shots and question the validity of imagery, the symbols and the relevance of proper memories. From these picture that look amateurish and casual raise the impression of an authenticity on which we stumble from one moment to the next. - Petra Prahl

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Photography:Polaroid on Other

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:10

Size:7.9 W x 7.9 H x 0.1 D in

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Stefanie Schneider lives and works in the High Desert of California. Stefanie Schneider's scintillating situations take place in the American West. Situated on the verge of an elusive super-reality, her photographic sequences provide the ambience for loosely woven story lines and a cast of phantasmic characters. Schneider works with chemical mutations of expired Polaroid film stock. Chemical explosions of color spreading across the surfaces undermine the photograph's commitment to reality and induce her characters into trance-like dream-scapes. Like flickering sequences of old road movies Schneider's images seem to evaporate before conclusions can be made - their ephemeral reality manifesting in subtle gestures and mysterious motives. Schneider's images refuse to succumb to reality, they keep alive the confusions of dream, desire, fact, and fiction. She is currently working on the 29 PALMS, CA. 29 PALMS, CA is a feature film / art piece that explores and chronicles the dreams and fantasies of a group of individuals who live in a trailer community in the Californian desert. A defining feature of the film is the use of still images and the use of voice over. Characters talk to us / themselves / you about their ambitions, memories, hopes, fears and dreams. The film is to be shot using a mix of super 8 and 16mm film stock and Polaroid images. Certain computer-generated effects will also be used to enhance the films surreal mood and to animate its dark humor. Radha Mitchell, Marc Forster, Udo Kier, Max Sharam among others are participating in the project. 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.

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