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Through the exhibition with // Klaus Elle: "Davison - Fast - Orupabo" Phoxxi



What happens when two photo enthusiasts with different focuses and preferences visit an exhibition, exchange ideas about it and share it with others via an Insta Livestream?

On December 14th, Alexander Hagmann (dieMotive) visited the exhibition Jack Davison / Omer Fast / Frida Orupabo at Hamburg's "Phoxxi - Haus der Photographie temporär" with Klaus Elle (DFA) in mid-December. Both are streaming this visit and their talk with curator Ingo Taubhorn live on Instagram - so that Boris Eldagsen (DFA) and everyone watching can discuss the exhibition with the two. The conversation is in German, but you can watch the recording on YouTube with subtitles.

Watch on: YouTube.

About the exhibition:

  • Bridging the gap between historical photography and the digital present of the 21st century is the focus of the first exhibition projects at PHOXXI, the temporary House of Photography. The exhibitions by Jack Davison, Omer Fast and Frida Orupabo show extensions of analogue photography into the digital, three-dimensional and moving image.

  • Recourse to pre-existing iconic images forms the basis of the work of Jack Davison (*1990 in Essex). The London-based photographer incorporates a variety of genres, styles and techniques, ranging from avant-garde experimentation to objective documentary, from mid-20th century portraiture to conceptual study. His images seem like déjà vu from the history of photography and are reminiscent of photographs by Max Ernst or Man Ray. Davison succeeds in creating works that seem immediately present in a fascinating way.

  • The Israeli video artist Omer Fast (*1972 in Jerusalem, lives in Berlin) reflects on the work of August Sander, one of the most important photographers of the early 20th century, with his 3D multi-channel video installation "AUGUST". Omer Fast portrays Sander as a fictional character at the end of his life, almost blind and haunted by the death of his son and the ghosts of the figures he photographed. Sander's groundbreaking series of portraits, "People of the 20th Century", which he created from 1900 to the mid-1930s, is also the subject of the film.

  • The Norwegian-Nigerian artist Frida Orupabo (*1986, lives in Oslo) uses historical images found on the internet as well as images from colonial history, music videos, African-American media or private recordings to find her own origin and identity. Her extensive archive, which she makes public via her Instagram account @nemiepeba, forms a basis for her to understand, process and reorder colonial heritage. Starting with her collaboration with the US artist Arthur Jafa and the exhibition activity that it launched, Orupabo extends the digital practice into three-dimensional space.

About Klaus Elle:

"As an East German (born in Leipzig) with artistic leanings, I was committed to socialist realism from birth. Since I never saw myself as a poster painter of a communist ideology, I consistently pursued the path of explorative knowledge with artistic means, which logically led to conflict with the ruling class. So in 1988 I changed sides and became a West German who continued to search for the truth and even there could not find the last mysteries of our existence. Today I am an all-German all-world artist who works as a consciousness amplifier, with his Da Vinci team in the arenas of social change."

Insta Live with Ingo Taubhorn, Boris Eldagsen, Klaus Elle (and Alexander Hagmann outside the frame)
Surprise guest: Alexa Bécker

We would like to thank 'KULTUR.GEMEINSCHAFTEN – Förderprogramm für digitale Content-Produktion in Kultureinrichtungen' for their support. This funding project is supported by Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, NEUSTART KULTUR and Kulturstiftung der Länder.

DFA press materials:

Through the exhibition with Klaus Elle | "Jack Davison / Omer Fast / Frida Orupabo"

Through the exhibition with Klaus Elle | "Jack Davison / Omer Fast / Frida Orupabo"

Recording on YouTube.


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