Opening together with Koenig 2, GABRIELE SENN GALERIE, CHARIM Events, SCAG and Unttld contemporary
Juergen Teller and his subjects seem to play out together the thrilling, obsessive, nervous-making drama of the wrestling of photographic access. They explore intimacies that are often startling in the extreme — but oddly comforting, too, in their sense of a shared, bodily vulnerability. Teller seems to bring to the intrusiveness and voyeurism of photography a naivete that is disarming, yet fully self- aware. This eager and almost infantile need to look and know and capture comes with a directness that also allows his subjects to feel the photographer's inevitable nervousness in bringing to them his compulsion to photograph. This transforms the inequality of the photographic exchange into a human encounter, mingling excitement and apprehension, turning the contingencies of fashion into the rigours and difficulty of art. This drama of access — at once ardent and impudent, exquisite and gross, excessive and refined — is played out most brilliantly in Teller's work with the British actress, Charlotte Rampling.
Mixed in with models and designers and actors, each legendary in his or her own way (or made legendary by Teller's camera), are family and friends, together with figures that inspire or intimidate, and landscapes and architectures that warm or chill the heart.
(quot. Aveek Sen)
Duration of the exhibition: 18.01. — 03.03.2018
Image: JUERGEN TELLER
Charlotte Rampling, a Fox, and a Plate No.15, Latimer Road, London 2016
90 x 60 in | 228.6 x 152.4 cm