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Joachim Baldauf is a fixture in the German photography landscape and is known for his innovative and visionary imagery. His photos reveal what our culture has to offer in terms of beauty and character. The title of the exhibition, “Iridescent,” is synonymous with the fact that a photo changes through different perspectives. The viewer's origin, gender, age or social and cultural background influence the assessment of a photo and its content. Subconscious, emotions, intellect, upbringing, mood or the context in which the photographs are shown influence our subjective perception. Joachim Baldauf plays with metaphors and meta-perspectives in his works. As a result, even his fashion photos are never banal or tied to the time in which they were taken - they speak a universal language that is understood internationally.
Joachim Baldauf is considered one of the most influential portrait and fashion photographers. With formalistic images that focus entirely on people, fashion, objects, spaces and colors, Baldauf shapes the visual language of national and international magazines and campaigns. Style and humanity are not antagonists for him. He takes both seriously, taking note of the person in the model as well as the sculpture in a dress. Baldauf gives his models space, works through them, so to speak, and at the same time is present in every picture.
The exhibition can be seen in the Leica Galerie Munich at Maffeistrasse 4 until October 4, 2023.
The work of Los Angeles-based photographer Margaret Murphy explores themes of femininity, the commercialisation of identity, the male gaze on women and the influence of social media on photography. Her exhibition »I Could Look at You All Day« at Villa Heike is her first solo show in Germany, presenting her photographic and AI-generated images that provoke questions about fatness and femininity, as a form of subjective and political exploration.
'I Could Look at You All Day (2020-2021) consists of self-portraits and still lives made in my home. The pictures visualize my interest in perceiving myself perceiving myself. John Berger writes in ‘Ways of Seeing’, that a woman must simultaneously be both “the surveyor” and “the surveyed” because how she appears to those outside herself is critical to her success in life. My photographs ask how this concept—and internalized misogyny—shapes the way we understand ourselves in the world. The work considers the male gaze, femininity, domesticity, the commodification of identity, and social media’s influence on photography. The color photographs implement studio lighting and digital effects reflecting visual trends in pop culture.'
Margaret Murphy is an artist based in Los Angeles, California. Murphy earned her MFA from the University of Hartford’s Limited Photography Residency in 2021. Using mediums that include photography, collage, and AI, Murphy’s work is both personal and universal, exploring topics of nostalgia, femininity, and identity as they relate to the Internet, social media, and technology. She draws from her personal experiences with self-portraiture, popular culture with art that references meme humor, and the effect changing technology has on collective and individual memory.
Her work has been shown in exhibitions in Berlin, New York, London, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. Murphy has released her work as NFTs through QuantumArt, EXPANDED.ART, SuperRare Spaces, and TranscendDAO. Her work has been featured in Monopol, Der Greif, and EXPANDED.ART magazine.
Opening reception : Saturday, Sep 9, 2023, 5 pm
Saturday, Sep 23, 2023, 5 pm : Artist Talk with Margaret Murphy and Anika Meier. Held in English.
Sep 10 — Oct 21, 2023
Villa Heike, Freienwalder Straße 17 · 13055 Berlin