About

As a photographic artist, not only my work is important to me, but also the intercultural exchange and international exhibition projects, which enable friendship and exchange about urgent questions of our life in this world with other people across borders and promote mutual understanding.

Statement

The aim of my work is to produce photographic images that allow phenomena to make visible in all their sharpness and enable comparative vision. It is not about the image, but about the transformation of reality. It is up to the quiet observer to compare the information conveyed by the photographs with the visible or remembered reality and to draw conclusions. In a time of fast-paced life, continuous immersion in a subject of calm, concentration and distance is essential for me. In this way, the images are also predominantly created in a slow, analogous process. In my long-term photographic series, I question objects in terms of form, volume and dimension: from the machine giants of the open-cast lignite mines to the microcosm of filigree insects, plant seeds, etc. to the centuries-old knight and samurai armour that was so elaborately crafted for historical personalities. The process of creating the picture is always marked by the ambivalence between beauty and uncanniness of forms and structures. For me, photography is a medium of a deeper appropriation of the world that can raise questions about our lives and survival.

Education

  • 1989 – 1995 | Fotografie bei Bernd & Hilla Becher und Nan Hoover, Meisterschülerin von Nan Hoover, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (DE)
  • 1987 – 1989 | Fotografie bei Arno Jansen, Fachhochschule Köln (DE)
  • 1979 – 1986 | Kunst- und Geographiestudium für das Lehramt, Erstes und Zweites Staatsexamen, Universität Düsseldorf (DE)

Institution (Work Experience)

  • 2019 | Co-Curator Main International Exhibition, Donggang International Photography Festival, Korea (KR)
  • 2000 | Visiting artist, University of Canada in Ottawa (CA)
  • 1993 – 1996 | Lehraufträge für Fotografie, Universität Siegen (DE)

Selected Awards

  • 2016 | Excellent photographer Award (Art and Contemporary Photography), International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China (CN)
  • 2011 | Kunst-am-Bau-Wettbewerb des Bundesministeriums für Ernährung Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz, Berlin (DE)
  • 2006 | Nominierung, No Limit Award, Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles (FR)

Selected Exhibitions/Publications

  • 2019 | Donggang Museum of Photography (KR)
  • 2019 | Kunstraum St. Georgen, Wismar (DE)
  • 2018 | National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (CA)
  • 2018 | Huis Marseille, Amsterdam (NL)
  • 2017 | Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Köln (DE)
  • 2016 | Pingyao International Photography Festival (CN)
  • 2016 | Photographische Sammlung der SK-Stiftung, Köln (DE)
  • 2016 | International Industrial Photography Festival Shenyang (CN)
  • 2010 | Fotografische Sammlung der Kunstbibliothek der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin (DE)
  • 2016 | Galerie Tammen und Partner, Berlin (DE)
  • 2015 | AFF-Galerie, Berlin (DE)
  • 2014 | GoEun Museum of Photography, Busan (KR)
  • 2014 | Museum für Industriekultur, Nürnberg (DE)
  • 2010 | Kunstmuseum Bonn (DE)
  • 2014 | Galerie Lausberg, Düsseldorf (DE)
  • 2013 | Centre Camille Claudel, Clermont-Ferrand (FR)
  • 2013 | Ballarat International Foto Festival, Victoria (AU)
  • 2011 | Technische Sammlungen, Dresden (DE)
  • 2010 | NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf (DE)
  • 2010 | Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung, Berlin (DE)
  • 2009 | Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Kettering, (GB)
  • 2009 | Wildling Art Museum, Los Olivos (US)

Personal Website

http://www.claudia-faehrenkemper.com

Dokumentation Exhibition/Curation Donggang International Photography Festival 2019

Dokumentation Exhibition/Curation Donggang International Photography Festival 2019

Documentation of Main International Exhibition at Donggang International Photography Festival in Korea „Academy series 1: Kunstakademie Düsseldorf“; participants: Boris Becker, Laurenz Berges, Claudia Fährenkemper, Bernhard Fuchs, Claus Geodicke, Matthias Koch, Yoonjean Lee, Katharina Mayer, Martin Rosswog, Jörg Sasse, Josef Schulz, Petra Wunderlich; Curator HeeJung KIM (KR), Co-Curator Claudia Fährenkemper

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Galleries

Claudia Fährenkemper | Samurai (2018)

Claudia Fährenkemper | Samurai (2018)

In the ongoing SAMURAI series, I visually explore the armor of the Japanese cultural heritage of the 16.-19. Century in museums collections. It is the unique individuality of these objects, the variety of their colorful, graphic and material design with a wide range of textiles and metals, with leather, paint, animal hair and fur that fascinates me. The elaborate craftsmanship of this armor, which had both protective and representation functions, follows a mysterious symbolism and meaning, which is closely related to the respective samurai personality. In my Samurai portraits, I approach the centuries-old fragile, once man-used hulls, in search of their absent bearers and what survives of this Japanese cultural heritage over the centuries. The SAMURAI photographs correspond with the ARMOR series (since 2010), in which I focus on European cultural heritage.

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Claudia Fährenkemper | Armor (2011 - 2015)

Claudia Fährenkemper | Armor (2011 - 2015)

The ARMOR series deals with the representative parade and tournament suits of armor, which were made especially for emperors, kings and great generals from the 15th to the 17th centuries and which I photograph in museums collections worldwide. I was just as much fascinated by the form, features and emblems of the armor along with their sculptural quality as by the idea that historical figures in person had worn their suits of armor as a protective shell. ARMOR relates faith, love and hope to us. It tells us of the vulnerability and also of the power and wealth. The suits of armor demonstrate unusual craftsmanship and great efforts. There were different designs that show how styles changed as time went along. What will we as human beings leave behind in our artefacts? What will be our cultural heritage in the ages to come?

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Claudia Fährenkemper | "Armor" DFA Presentation (2017)

Claudia Fährenkemper | "Armor" DFA Presentation (2017)

Presentation at the conference of Deutsche Fotografische Akademie, 25.-26.11.17, Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg.

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Claudia Fährenkemper | Imago (1996 - 2016)

Claudia Fährenkemper | Imago (1996 - 2016)

My Insect portraits were created using a scanning electron microscope at the Zoological Research Institute and Museum Alexander Koening in Bonn. These photomicrographs explore new dimensions and open up new visual experiences. Not the illustration of scientific facts, but the sensual experience and the magical illusion of a tiny form invisible to the naked eye as a sculpture and a portrait is my goal. I present the insect heads with all their filigree structures and morphological details as a row or tableau like an ancestral gallery of the microcosm. In comparison the variety and individuality, beauty and eeriness of these small "armed" life forms become recognizable. Today 20 years later in times of decreasing insect populations worldwide with dramatic consequences for biodiversity and quality of our life this Imago series might be a plea for these tiny creatures.

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Claudia Fährenkemper | Opencast Mining Machines (1988 - 1993)

Claudia Fährenkemper | Opencast Mining Machines (1988 - 1993)

My photographic series of mining machines in German lignite mines (1988-1993) began in the Garzweiler opencast mine. My work was always marked by an ambivalence between the aesthetic fascination of these huge, mobile, technical constructions and the uncertainty of the dimensions of these „tooling“ machines and the extent of their tremendous intrusion into landscape. Lignite opencast mining machines are the largest machines in the world with a daily capacity of 240000 square meters – a volume beyond human imagination. The photographic „miniaturization“ helped me to understand the complex technical construction and the functional processes of these machines. Humans or vehicles served as a benchmark to illustrate the dimensions of man, machine and landscape.

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