Annette Kelm Exhibition

Taka Ishii Gallery

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Taka Ishii Gallery is pleased to announce our first solo exhibition with Annette Kelm from October 11th to November 8th. The exhibition will feature a series of photographs depicting pre-fabricated houses in Germany as well as a number of new works. Kelm has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally. Her recent exhibitions (all 2008) were held at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art (San Francisco), Witte de With (Rotterdam), and KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin). Kelm studied in Hamburg and presently lives and works in Berlin.

Kelm’s images are typified by an intense visual clarity and appear deceptively simple at first glance. Her compositions depict forms that are immediately recognizable, and perfectly executed in their framing. At times Kelm’s photographs give the impression of found images, extracted from the pages of a magazine spread or advertisement. Their focal point is overtly clear, but the cultural and historic relevance of the photographed subjects is not easily fathomed from the photographs themselves. Meaning never forces itself on us, but encryption or hidden meaning is absent in Kelm’s imagery.

This Kelm’s latest exhibition proposes an investigative series of photographs which pursue different visual strategies and methods. The series shot with a 4 x 5 large format camera examines historical prefab houses that came into fashion in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. "These houses were on show and available for ordering at show-house or world exhibitions and international building shows," says Kelm. Each house is isolated, almost sculptural and treated as an object in an unmelodramatic way. Her pictures lie somewhere in between documentation and staging, in which the question of seeing always takes precedence over that of knowing.

[Image: "Ferienhaus, Reinerzau, Jungbauernhof, Deutsche Werkstätten, 1923" (2008) C-Print 60 x 72 cm Courtesy Johann König, Berlin]



From 2008-10-11 To 2008-11-08

Opening Reception on 2008-10-11 from 18:00 to 20:00


Annette Kelm



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