»STRATEGIES AGAINST THE MAP«
Workshop with Federico Clavarino & Andrea Grützner
Update August: The workshop is fully booked. You can apply for a place on the waiting list.
This workshop will be based on a series of explorations into the area surrounding Andrea Grützner’s studio in Berlin-Schöneberg. The limit of the explorable area will be set at 30 min walking distance from the studio, located close to the trainstation Berlin Südkreuz.
We invite participants to interact with one specific narrative, place, person, group or idea within this area. The area in question is an odd point in between three of Berlin’s districts: Schöneberg, Tempelhof, and Kreuzberg. It includes mind-blowing landmarks with funky names like “Schwerbelastungskörper”.
We are fascinated by the interplay of memory and imagination, and by the way photography can shape places into speaking objects. Photography is meant to be the main medium used by participants, but we are also very interested in multidisciplinary approaches. We encourage people to make some research before the workshop, but we also believe in chance encounters and aimless wandering. The studio space will be always open to the explorers, who can use it as a place to gather stuff, order ideas, and make work.
Group sessions will be held every morning, and will include some food for thought provided by Andrea Grützner & Federico Clavarino. Participants will also receive collective feedback during evening sessions, in which the progress of every project will be discussed.
The results of the workshop will be exhibited within the studio space for one day (on Sunday, September 3, 2017).
Federico Clavarino works with symbols. His photographs, often close-ups, represent one subject at a time, a detail, and place it firmly in front of the viewer, leaving no chance to distraction. They are the playing cards of an unknown game, forming a syncopated and hyperbolic narration. Clavarino works mainly with the book form. Italia o Italia (Akina, 2014) is built over the ruins of an unresolved empire, a place in which monuments can be rescaled by the act of looking. The book establishes a continuous duality that makes its way through a labyrinth of contrasts and similarities. The Castle (Dalpine, 2016) is a series dedicated to Europe. Starting from its history, following the signs it has left on the skin of the cities or hid in protected museum rooms, searching for those elements that identify an entire culture, working alternatively as principles of sharing and separation.
Andrea Grützner‘s interests involve the perception of space, historical and memorial structures, visual irritation, the familiar and the unfamiliar (Erbgericht – 2013-2015). Working mostly with the analog process, and sometimes assorted lights and filters, Grützner creates straight color photographs that are at the same time abstract and representational, ambiguous and descriptive. In her most recent body of work (das Eck – 2015-2016) she navigates urban spaces and focuses on the graphic structures that order our surroundings, using her camera to deconstruct functional spaces. Andrea also gives several workshops, mostly dealing specifically with spaces in photography, colours and light. She lives in Berlin.
Related features on PiB (selection):
Robert Morat Galerie | Andrea Grützner »Erbgericht«
exp12 | »How to structure things in space« – Andrea Grützner & Torsten Schumann
68projects / Galerie Kornfeld | »Architecture and Abstraction«
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