(Inhabiting the Greyscale)
Ulrike Altekruse, Iren Böhme, Karl Förster, Lena Kilkka, Stefan Postius, Thilo Seibt, Carola Thielecke, Monika von Wegerer
Opening: Saturday, March 11, 2017, 19h
with music by Joachim Gies
Exhibition: March 12 – April 23, 2017
Finissage & Film screening: Sunday, April 23, 2017, 16h
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 16-20h, Sun 14-20h
The world we live in is full of stark contrasts. The press would is more interested in sensational events than in day to day matters, social media reinforce this tendency. While lots of attention is given to conflicts and catastrophes, good news gets less exposure. In politics, there seems to be only right and wrong. Adversaries are called liars, sweeping claims are fairly common, whether they are true seems less important. Those who are noisiest and who polarize opinion most seem to get heard most easily. The advertising industry also loves lots of bright colour, firms try to outdo each other with promises of bliss. In public discourse all that is unspectacular and quiet seems to fall by the wayside, as does all too often tolerance for other ways of living.
In the exhibition „Inhabiting the Greyscale“ the group Blaue Ampel has set out to explore precisely these subtle shadings, the wide spectrum between black and white. Over a considerable period, the members have discussed the topic with each other and subsequently each member has developed an approach of his or her own. Some works interpret the theme from an aesthetical angle, playing with muted colours and the various shades of grey, with landscapes appearing from dense mist or covered in snow. Other works comment on society, drawing attention to the importance of personal freedom or warning of the consequences of no longer seeing human beings as individuals but only as part of a group. A third approach considers the in-between states of the human soul and the realm between waking and sleep.
The group Blaue Ampel has existed with a varying line-up since 2001. It brings together artists who work with the medium of photography. Members work on individual projects, which they may discuss with the group, and support each other in various ways. Occasionally, topics are explored together. Each year, the group publishes a yearbook with works by the members created during the past 12 months.
Film screening at BrotfabrikKino on 23 April 2017
„Die Spielbankaffäre“ 1957, directed by Arthur Pohl
16h Grey version | 18h full colour version