About

My initial fashion design studies in Bremen led me to photography, while my subsequent Fine Art Master studies in London took me to conceptual art. Since then, I have realised various projects on the subject of 'power', whereby in addition to photography, video, sound, performance, installation and text-based embossing/photographic works also serve to implement the concepts. Exhibitions with my works have been shown internationally.

Statement

The memory of events, of the crimes of National Socialism, of German history has long been at the centre of my work. My work positions itself in an artistic tradition that repeatedly works with images of memory - which the art historian Günter Metken described in the 1970s, for example in the work of Christian Boltanski, as "securing evidence". In doing so, I investigate questions such as how memory functions, how the past can be "processed" and how the artist deals with history. The National Socialist era inscribed images of unsurpassed cruelty in our collective memory. The horrors of the past are the focus of my work. The shame for the culpability of my parents' generation obliges me to confront German history. In many works, I have chosen my own family history as the central theme. A more general examination of the political events of the past and present is also important to me. In all of my work, my abstract, non-linear and consistent multimedia approach becomes evident. Again and again, I depart from the terrain of historical events and transport them via subtle shifts and additions to another level of the factual. My aim is to disorient the viewer in order to make what has happened more comprehensible - and to deeply permeate it for me as an artist.

Education

  • 2000-01 | „MA Fine Art", Saint Martin’s College of Art And Design, London (GB)
  • 1989-97 | „Mode Design", Hochschule für Künste, Bremen (DE)

Institution (Work Experience)

  • 2005-06 | Lehrauftrag für Fotografie, Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe (DE)
  • 2003-04 | Lehrauftrag für Fotografie, Hochschule für Künste, Bremen (DE)

Selected Awards

  • 2010 | Stiftung Kulturwerk der VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn (DE)
  • 2010 | London Photographic Association, Bronze Winner, London (GB)
  • 2005 | ADC New York, Distinctive Merit Award, New York (USA)
  • 2000 | DAAD, Bonn (DE)
  • 1999 | "Reinhart Wolf Preis", Auszeichnung, Hamburg (DE)
  • 1998 | "Reinhart Wolf Preis", Auszeichnung, Hamburg (DE)
  • 1998 | "Inszenierte Fotografie 3", ColorService Stuttgart, 1. Platz, Stuttgart (DE)
  • 1997 | "PIXEL 2 Digital Imaging Award", 3. Platz, Kodak, Stuttgart (DE)
  • 1996 | "Nachwuchs Förderpreis", Kodak, Stuttgart (DE)

Selected Exhibitions/Publications

  • 2018 | Kunst Altonale, Hamburg (DE)
  • 2016 | Glaspalast, Augsburg (DE)
  • 2011 | Kunstbibliothek, Berlin (DE)
  • 2011 | Loop Festival, Barcelona (ES)
  • 2011 | 5. Triennale der Photographie, Hamburg (DE)
  • 2010 | FotoTage, Trier (DE)
  • 2010 | Art 3, Barcelona (ES)
  • 2009 | Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam (NL)
  • 2005 | Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg (DE)
  • 2002 | 2. Triennale der Photographie Hamburg (DE)
  • 2001 | Deptford Art Festival, London (GB)
  • 1999 | 1. Triennale der Photographie Hamburg, Hamburg (DE)
  • 1998 | Kodak Nachwuchs Frderpreis 1995-1998, Köln (DE)

Personal Website

https://www.schittny.de

Review | Legacy Projects

Review | Legacy Projects

Detailed reviews of the works presented on this website.

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Galleries

Burkhard Schittny | Facing East (2011)

Burkhard Schittny | Facing East (2011)

Photo series revisiting my father's eastern front battlefields at the German Eastern Front in the area around Zittau/Germany towards the end of World War II. Presented as 14 single pictures.

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Burkhard Schittny | 114 (2011)

Burkhard Schittny | 114 (2011)

Photo series on the 114km long march of my father to a Russian POW camp at the end of World War II. Presented in 114 juxtapositions of color and b/w photographs.

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Burkhard Schittny |Jaskółka / Alte Heimat. Neue Heimat. (2015)

Burkhard Schittny |Jaskółka / Alte Heimat. Neue Heimat. (2015)

Alte Heimat. Neue Heimat. Photo series in form of video stills about my mother's expulsion in a cattle wagon from Silesia to West Germany after the end of World War II. The number of chosen video stills corresponds in minutes to the length of my mother's journey: one week. Presented as an installation on 173 contact sheets. Jaskółka (Video), is based on the 10.361 film stills of “Alte Heimat. Neue Heimat”. The video is a reminiscence of this journey: a trip to the unknown with a loud soundtrack that invokes violence and war just as the shadowy flickering, staccato fashion like sequence from the moving train does. The pictures recorded today stay infusible connected to the past, but they also point to political events, to powerlessness, elopement and expulsion in the 21st century. (Please watch the video on full volume.)

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Burkhard Schittny | Performances Series

Burkhard Schittny | Performances Series

The two video performances created in 2001 show myself as the protagonist. The states of human soul - desperation, powerlessness, uncertainty, anonymity, solitude, and disaffection - depicted both in the seven-part work "Extensions" and in the two-part work "Pressure", become physically perceptible.

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