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HEIDI SPECKER

PHOTOGRAPHER

22.02. - 27.05.2018

Heidi Specker is one of the pioneers of digital photography. She has already used the medium in its early stages just as naturally as an analogue camera. In the mid-1990s, the artist became known for her Specker Groups and other photographic series in which she portrayed concrete buildings and thus anticipated the revaluation of this kind of post war architecture.

The show at the Kunstmuseum Bonn is the first overview exhibition on the work of this important photographer and will present her series of the last 20 years. Heidi Specker constantly explores historical works and facts in an artistically visual manner by studying found structures through the eye of her camera. Her portrait series In Front Of (2016) is influenced by the artist’s special interest in surfaces, patterns, materials and how they change and decay over time – a process she documents with her camera. Despite all their sensuality and compositional precision, Heidi Specker’s photographs are always also a reflection on the medium itself and its reception.

For the exhibition, the artist has made a selection of eight photographic series with a total of about 70 photographs and artist books as well as a video projection. The presentation of the works neither follows any chronology nor a linear narrative; instead, the different groups of works are interwoven with each other and thus appear like an artistic overall installation rather than a classic exhibition parkour. Motives, colors and compositions repeat themselves and thus connect single photographs with entire groups of works. The visitors are invited to independently follow the motivic, formal and intuitive lines in Heidi Specker’s work, which due to the extraordinary way of presentation become traceable and comprehensible.

Heidi Specker (*1962 Damme) lives and works in Berlin. Her solo exhibitions were shown at the Sprengel Museum (Hannover) in 2005, the Mies van der Rohe Haus (Berlin) in 2009 and 2017, the Leopold-Hoesch-Museum (Düren) in 2012, the Pinakothek der Moderne (München) in 2015, the Berlinische Galerie in 2016, and others. Heidi Specker teaches photography at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig. Most of her photographic series are published as artist books.

All works © Heidi Specker, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

Header oben: Re-Prise, Pfütze, 2015; Stiftung Ann und Jürgen Wilde, Zülpich; Rechts oben: In Front of, Hände, 2016

SPECKERGRUPPEN, Alexanderplatz, 1995/96

Re-Prise, Klavier, 2015, Stiftung Ann und Jürgen Wilde, Zülpich