13 Jan 2018 – 3 Feb 2018

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Berlin, Germany


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  • S-Bahn: Hackescher Markt

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The exhibition “Eigenleben” overcomes the limits of documentary photography by leapfrogging the mental barriers of cliché and ushering us into an arena of gripping visuals.


From the 13th of January to the 3rd of February 2018, seven photographers will showcase their perception of today’s metropolitan life—one that exists amongst noise, pleasure and vice—in the gallery Neurotitan Schwarzenberg. Among the seven are Benyamin Reich, who presents his provocative series Tiergarten, which is specially designed for the exhibition; and, Esa Ylijaaskos award-winning November is a Beginning, a series that recently received the Carina Appel Award 2017.

The curatorial concept is based off various narrative strands, whose unified desire is to display the undercurrents of the big city—indiscriminate consumption; ironic loneliness in the crowd; erratic relationships; unusual sexual interactions. The diverse thematic and visual interpretations of life in the city by these photographers, however, come together on a common aesthetic level: the various colours in the spectrum of "own life" in the city are captured astoundingly in this monochromatic exhibit.

The city is dead - long live the city!

The relationship of man to the city has always been ambivalent: A give and take: a trade-off between the soul of man and his materialistic ambition. This ambivalence became more apparent at the turn of the century, a time when the city became a popular motif in Europe and the USA; rapid industrialisation led to a rapid ascent of ambition, but a rapid descent of another nature.

This composition of artistic interpretations points to the strange interplay of unlikely overlaps and complicated encounters, to the inherent individual lives of each city.

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Exhibiting artists

Johannes Wewetzer

Martina Cirese

Benyamin Reich

Matt Martin

Marcin Plonka

Esa Ylijaasko

Thomas Gosset


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