Annette Kelm - Canada 660, Landscape - 2017
With Annette Kelm the Kestner Gesellschaft is presenting an important artist who emerged from the Düsseldorf School of photography pioneered by Bernd and Hilla Becher, Candida Höfer, and Thomas Ruff. In her work, which includes still lifes, portraits, landscapes, and architecture photography, Kelm creates images of modern everyday culture using the techniques of object photography, which portrays things in isolation and uniform lighting, thus giving them a new meaning. The exhibition Leaves at the Kestner Gesellschaft (11 March to 7 May 2017 ) features some forty works, most of them from the past four years.
Kelm arranges various subjects such as straw hats, flowers, musical instruments, patterned textiles, fellow artists, and architecture into balanced compositions. She questions the conventional, unspectacular, or simple by placing her subjects in new and unusual contexts. Often she reveals the artificiality and construction of a picture’s structure. The simultaneous deconstruction of composition is about analyzing our perception and our way of seeing. Kelm often works in series and uses strategies of repetition. With her interest in typologies and conventions of perception, she looks at the world of objects and reveals the historical, social, and societal contexts in which these things are embedded. Her conceptual approach is never rigid; there is always an element of poetry that echoes in the analytically composed pictorial constructions. Furthermore, Kelm continually refers to the medium of photography itself by focusing on the history of its aesthetics and techniques.
Medium: Archival Pigment Print
Print size: 40 x 33 cm
Paper size 46 x 39 cm
Edition of 20 + 4 a.p.
Signed and numbered verso
This limited edition Annette Kelm print is available at the KestnerGesellschaft