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Thomas Sandberg (*1952), „Cloth With Coins“, Dublin 2011, Cycle Bronze By Gold, Chapter Joyce, Silver Gelatin Print, 32,3x21,5cm (35x24 Cm), Printed 2016 © Thomas Sandberg

Solo Exhibition


Thomas Sandberg

Opening: Thursday, September 8, 2016, 18-21h
Opening remarks at 19h by Christoph Tannert, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
Exhibition: September 9 – December 16, 2016
Curated by Antonio Panetta
+ Framework programme: see below
Opening hours: Friday 14-18h (except on public holidays), and by appointment
Extended opening hours for EMOP Berlin 2016 (October 1 – 31):
Fri & Sat 14-18h, and by appointment
Admission free


Starting September 9th, 2016 Collection Regard presents the photographic exhibition „Thomas Sandberg – RÉSONANCES“, curated by Antonio Panetta, as part of the 7th European Month of Photography Berlin. Thomas Sandberg will be present for the opening.

Thomas Sandberg (*1952) writes:

My Europe is a literary place, it reaches from Brooklyn to Jerusalem, from Moscow to Casablanca. I had a few days and travelled to Lisbon. As years before I wanted to walk in the streets and make pictures, but the curiosity could not cease. I see a monkey in a zoo that observes a conspecific. I feel transported in an episode of a book. The Ulysse of James Joyce. “Leo Bloom watches Dedalus” – from a distance he looks at him and sees himself through him. I make a picture but I´m not sure anymore in what direction my objective is pointing.”

Thomas Sandberg calls his motives the result of resonance cases. As in physics, when two things happen to vibrate in the same manner, what you read superimposes with the reality. This explains the title of the exhibition. Sandberg travelled with his Leica and light luggage through Europe. A resonance case is not dependant on technical perfection for him, but relies on the patience of the photographer and the chance. The cycle is called “Bronze By Gold” and is organised in chapters with names such as “Casanova“, “Joyce” or “Bulgakov“. Those names refer to the writers.

Bronze By Gold” was produced in the last 10 years and lives from a plethora of associations. The resulting motives are both very subjective and very personal to Sandberg. They are associations and no illustrations. They give insight in the “mental literacy head cinema” of the photographer.

Marc Barbey:

The photographic tableaux from Thomas Sandberg are unique and give us a chance to dive visually and associatively in the world of the biggest writers. As such they build an unusually strong bridge between photography and literature.”

Alongside the cycle “Bronze by Gold” the exhibition will present a cycle that has been produced 30 years ago: Erinnerung an Aarenshoop. A photographed memory of childhood and youth. A book is available.

A publication to the exhibition with a text of Thomas Sandberg and of Christoph Tannert, Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin is being published.

Framework programme

To accompany the exhibition a programme will be held:

A Salon Photographique (in German) with Thomas Sandberg and Christoph Tannert, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2016, 19:30h (admission from 19h, contribution 7 €).

Following events are proposed as well:

Visit of the exhibition with the photographer Thomas Sandberg (in German):
Friday, September 16, 2016, 14h
Friday, October 14, 2016, 16:30h
Friday, November 18, 2016, 16:30h

Visit of the exhibition with the collector Marc Barbey (in German):
Friday, September 16, 2016, 11h
Sunday, September 18, 2016, 11h

Please register for each event via email to moc.d1669626690rager1669626690noitc1669626690elloc1669626690@ofni1669626690

Biography Thomas Sandberg (*1952)

1952  Thomas Sandberg is born in Berlin.
1969-1971  Apprenticeship as a photographic laboratory assistant and Reprophotograph at DEWAG Berlin
1971-1989  Photojournalist at Neue Berliner Illustrierte
1982-1987  Correspondence degree course and diploma as a photo designer at the college for graphic arts and book art, Leipzig
1990  Founder member of the agency OSTKREUZ in Berlin
Freelance photographer, own projects and commissioned works for international magazines in the field of Report and Photo-essay
2002-2004  Lecturer of report photography at FAS, Fotografie am Schiffbauerdamm
2005  Foundation and management of the OSTKREUZSCHULE für Fotografie in Berlin

Part of the EMOP Berlin 2016 – European Month of Photography Berlin 2016. Discover more Festival highlights on PiB under the tag #EMOP Berlin 2016!

Teil des EMOP Berlin 2016 – Europäischer Monat der Fotografie Berlin 2016. Entdecke weitere Festival-Highlights auf FiB unter dem Tag #EMOP Berlin 2016!

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