About

I grew up in Berlin and live here. Stays abroad in the USA, Turkey, Italy, and Australia. I have been teaching since 1985. [Photo © Angela Kröll ]

Statement

To discover the unknown in the known, to experiment, new - other pictures emerge, where own spaces open up for the viewer, own associations unfold.

Education

  • 1979 - 1984 | Werkstatt für Photographie, Berlin-Kreuzberg (DE)
  • Seminare bis 1984 an der Werkstatt bei: Robert Frank, Larry Fink, Larry Clark, John Gossage, Lewis Baltz, Ralph Gibson, André Gelpke, William Eggleston

Institution (Work Experience)

  • 2020 | Lette-Akademie, Berlin (DE)
  • 2009 | Workshop an der Stadtbibliothek Bremen (DE)
  • 2005 | Gastvorlesung, Workshop, CSIT Coolola Sunshine Institute of Tafe, Nambour, Qld. (AU)
  • 2004 - 2018 | Lehrauftrag, Imago-Fotokunst, Berlin (DE)
  • 2000 | Gastvorlesung, CSIT Cooloola Sunshine Institute of Tafe, Maroochydore, Qld. (AU)
  • 1992 | SYNKYRIA‘92, Gastvorlesung, Universität Thessaloniki (GR)
  • 1985 - heute | Lehraufträge für Fotografie in Berlin und Gastdozenturen international
  • 1983 - heute | Studienreisen nach Griechenland, USA, China, Australien, Asien

Selected Awards

  • 2020 | Stipendium Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Berlin (DE)
  • 2013 | Förderung der Ausstellung SOFORTBILDER in New York, Deutsches Haus at NYU, Senat für Kultur Berlin (DE)
  • 2000 | Aufenthaltsstipendium, NOOSA-Projekt art and nature, Noosa Council, Qld. (AU)
  • 1996 - 97 | Akademie der Künste Berlin, Aufenthaltsstipendium, Villa Serpentara, Olevano (IT)
  • 1989 | Stipendium Civitella d’Agliano, Senator für Kulturelle Angelegenheiten, Berlin (DE)
  • 1988 | Kunstpreis des Bundesministers der Justiz (DE)
  • 1988 | Künstlerförderungsprogramm Werkvertrag, Senator für Kulturelle Angelegenheiten, Berlin (DE)
  • 1988 | Stipendium Progetto Civitella d’Agliano (IT)
  • 1987 | Kupferplakette “Gefährdete Umwelt”, Goethe-Institut, Athen (GR)
  • 1985 | Arbeitsstipendium der Stadt und des Landes Berlin, Senator für Kulturelle Angelegenheiten, Berlin (DE)

Selected Exhibitions/Publications

  • Ausstellungen / Exhibitions:
  • 2019 | Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen Hamburg (DE)
  • 2018 | Mönchmühlengalerie, Mühlenbeck (DE)
  • 2017 | Galerie Bernau (DE)
  • 2016 | BrotFabrik Berlin (DE)
  • 2013 | Kunstgalerie Fürth (DE)
  • 2011 | Deutsches Haus NYU, New York (US)
  • 2007 + 2015 | Kunststiftung Poll, Berlin (DE)
  • 2007 | Buchpräsentation "Berliner Gesichter", Akademie der Künste, Berlin (DE)
  • 2006 | Gedenkstätte Ravensbrück (DE)
  • 2004 | Noosa Regional Gallery-Contemporary Art, Noosa/Qld. (AU)
  • 2000 | Noosa Regional Gallery-Contemporary Art, Noosa/Qld. (AU)
  • 2000 | Leonhardi-Museum, Dresden (DE)
  • 1998 | Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (DE)
  • 1997 | Museo-Centro Studio Sulla Pittura di Paessaggio Europea del Lazio, Olevano (IT)
  • 1996 + 1998 | German American Society of TulsaArts Association, Tulas, Oklahoma (US)
  • 1995 | Ileana Tounta Comtemporary Art Center, Athens (GR)
  • 1993 | Galerie Europa, Tulsa, Oklahoma (US)
  • 1992 | Goethe Institut Lyon (FR)
  • 1992 | Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki und Athen (GR)
  • 1991 | NGBK in Riga, Leningrad (RU)
  • 1990 | Goethe-Institut Laon (FR)
  • 1988 | Wanderausstellung, Melbourne (AU)
  • 1987 | Goethe Institut, Athen (GR)
  • 1987 | 3.Triennale Internat.de la Photographie, Charleroi (BE)
  • 1986 + 1989 | Berlinische Galerie, Berlin (DE)
  • 1986 | Photography Center of Athens (GR)
  • 1985 | Staatliche Kunsthalle, Berlin (DE)
  • 1984 | fotogalerie im wedding, Berlin (DE)
  • 1983 | Werkstatt für Photographie, Berlin (DE)
  • Ausgewählte Monographien / Selected Monographies:
  • 2015 | Gesichter aus Amerika, Info—Press-Verlag (DE)
  • 2013 | Apollo Theatre, Kunstgalerie Fürth (DE)
  • 2013 | Sofortbilder, Deutsches Haus NY (US)
  • 2011 | Vergänglichkeit der Zeit, Eigenverlag (DE)
  • 2007 | Berliner Gesichter, POLLeditionen Info-Press-Verlag (DE)
  • 1990 | Berliner Porträts, Argon Verlag (DE)

Personal Website

http://www.ursula-kelm.de

Ursula Kelm | Polaroids (2011)

Ursula Kelm | Polaroids (2011)

It is something particular that polaroids are always very unique. Generated as single pictures, frames coexist. When lined up, new sequences occur which create space for associatively exciting, own memories. Due to the instant material chosen, the scenic charm of the polaroid is influenced. The special coloring, the white image of integral films, Polaroid-slide film b / w or color slide film and the classic release -with the ability to lift emulsion and image transfer- allow a creative use of materials on specific papers and substrates.

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Ursula Kelm | Berliner Gesichter (2007)

Ursula Kelm | Berliner Gesichter (2007)

Am Rand und in der Mitte Berliner Gesichter von Ursula Kelm Fotografien 1987-2007 POLLeditionen Infopress Verlag Berlin ISBN 978-3-931759-13-1 About my work The human face as a mirror of the soul. But who would like to be looked into the soul? This is how people discovered the actor in themselves to play a role in front of the camera. With empathy, patience, restraint and in conversation I have tried to approach people. The scope with the available light was part of the design. The people portrayed decided whether they would be photographed in their private or professional environment, and no picture is published without consultation. Each photograph also includes a piece of me -- a mysterious symbiosis, irrelevant how much has been received from me or the other, irrelevant whether the shares can be decoded. My curiosity about portraits has remained to this day, it applies to people, wherever they come from. In their faces you can read what words like to hide. Experiences, happiness or suffering leave traces that make faces unmistakable; they tell life stories while body language condenses the images. These encounters have opened up good conversations and insights that have enriched me and once again broadened my experience in portrait photography. Ursula Kelm

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Ursula Kelm | Instagram (work in progress)

Ursula Kelm | Instagram (work in progress)

work in progress | for an exhibition and catalog smartphone photography (Samsung) over one year (2018), one photo presented daily on instagram. the obvious, often easily overlooked, everyday life, seen differently, to read differently, what joins together, forms new things and follows on from earlier themes? images that move between themes and forms, a visual grammar, form syntax. exploring a contemporary visual language with the ubiquitous smartphone. ursula kelm, october 2020

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Works

Ursula Kelm | Developments (2016 - 2017)

Ursula Kelm | Developments (2016 - 2017)

Developments of my life with photography: analog, digital and with an app on the smartphone. The ever-recurring cycle of life: becoming and passing away Four seasons presented in four rows of four, the analog image like a pearl of memory from another time, inserted in one of the season rows each.

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Ursula Kelm | Transience of Time (2011)

Ursula Kelm | Transience of Time (2011)

Memories, even if they are beautiful, can sometimes be a burden. To describe one's own life, a part of it in photographic images, is not easy. Every life is very complex, but how do you perceive or how to dream it. Photos cannot be read like texts, but they convey messages. These messages are coded realities, enigmatic. From the work on the 'Address Book Project', questions were asked: Who/what is important? What do I remember when I read the names? Which pictures appear? What do I associate with them? Pictures from childhood, family, pictures from the now, depending on the arrangement and context, they create new pictorial units, new narratives. Pictures communicate, flow into each other. The viewer is invited to create your own image. Time and movement become visible. Inner images remain captured before disappearing, past and present, already past life, sharpness and blurriness meet between color, faded and black and white to new unity, to images of time.

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Ursula Kelm | Faces from America (2015)

Ursula Kelm | Faces from America (2015)

I have been traveling to the USA at varying intervals since 1976. I can understand the fascination this continent holds for many people. But when someone asks me if I want to live there, I still say no. Apart from the vastness, the wonderful landscapes, the cities, the sights (every city has something biggest or best or highest), people have interested me ever since. Also here my perception has changed only slightly over the years. From 2010 to 2014 I was in some cases several times at different places in the USA - for example in Boroughs in New York City - and took the opportunity to concentrate on the people. Sometimes I took pictures before I had verbal contact with the people, sometimes afterwards. On certain occasions, such as Memorial Day or a high school graduation where the entire 'family clan', friends and acquaintances are invited, I was interested in the attitude people take towards them. All of them approached me openly, engaged in conversation and had no qualms about being photographed. A positive attitude, which I appreciate very much and which brought me closer to the people I have been missing for years, certainly not only in Berlin. I didn't look for extremes or anything shrill, I didn't stage anything, and I let people, regardless of their profession or origin, take precedence and showed my willingness to engage in dialogue. Available as book: POLLeditionen, Infopress Verlag Berlin, ISBN 978-3-931-759-37-7

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Ursula Kelm | Experimental (in progress)

Ursula Kelm | Experimental (in progress)

Experimental - in progress that means: attempts, into the impure, first, try, explore, fathom, etc. it is not about the representation of reality or documentation work with earlier photos, analog, digital, mixed media, water as an element in the picture and at the same time as a creative tool for new picture contents. disassembling and assembling - strengthening the expression of the image content Ursula Kelm

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