Presentation

Friederike von Rauch photographs buildings. A complete building or merely a detail. The building on its own, or within its surroundings. The interior or the exterior. Her photographs are meticulously stylized. The framing and the angle are chosen with care. There is also a clear play of lines and sometimes a striking contrast between the concrete-grey planes and vibrant color. To many her photographs seem to belong in the tradition of the work of the famous German couple Bernd and Hilla Becher. As they photographed industrial architecture from the start of their career in 1957.  According to Friederike von Rauch there is no comparison between her work and that of the Bechers. They registered and archived an industrial area that decayed right in front of them. Friederike is not concerned with that documentary value. She describes herself as an intuitive photographer. Her work is not so much about buildings. It's about spaces. She looks for spots that to her are exceptional, but that most people walk by without even a glance. In her photographs the silence is the first thing that strikes you. The silence, however, does not equal quiet. There is a tension to the silence. This tension grows from the absence of people; despite the unbreakable link between buildings and human beings. Buildings are made by people and are used by them. The lack of a human presence deprives the buildings of their functionality. The buildings in her photographs are no longer buildings, but monumental sculptures. As a photographer von Rauch is clearly attracted to spaces. These spaces have to be empty, because that is when, to her, their beauty is best appreciated. Friederike however does not intervene in the environment; everything has to stay exactly as it is. So she never asks people to leave the space when she wants to photograph. That is why there is still a human presence in her work. The spaces have been abandoned, but there is always the possibility that someone might show up. This uncertainty makes these photographs so alien and so exciting at the same time.

Biography

Born in 1967 in Fribourg, Germany.
Lives and works in Berlin.

 

 


EDUCATION

1992-1997 Industrial Design, Universitaet der Kuenste, Berlin
1987-1990 Silversmithing apprenticeship, Kaufbeuren

 



 SOLO EXHIBITIONS SELECTION

 

2015
Nachkriegsmoderne, Deutsche Oper Berlin
Carte Blanche, Kunstverein KunstHaus Potsdam

2014
Eggert Pétursson & Friederike von Rauch, I8 Gallery, Iceland

2013
Museums, La Galerie Particulière, Paris
Sleeping Beauties, FeldbuschWiesner Gallery, Berlin
Sleeping Beauties, Forum fuer Fotografie, Cologne

2012
Sleeping Beauties, Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerpen

2011
New Works, Galerie Kunstagenten, Berlin

2010
Sites, Museum for Culture and Fine Art, Hafnarborg, Islande

2009
Friederike von Rauch, Galerie Kunstagenten, Berlin
New Work, Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerpen

2008
Brussels, Kabinet van de Vlaamse minister van Cultuur, Brussels

2007
90daysrotterdam, The Dutch-Flemish Centre deBuren, Brussels
Brussels, Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerpen

 



GROUP EXHIBITIONS & FAIRS SELECTION

2015
Radikal Modern, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
The Pistil?s Waltz, Gallery Fifty One, Antwerp

2014
10, Halle am Berghain, Berlin
Traces of creation, The Hafnarfjodur Centre of Culture and Fine Art, Iceland
Hoge Horizon Bruegelland, Stedelijk Museum Lier, Belgium

2013
Present tense, Future perfect, FeldbuschWiesner Gallery, Berlin

2012
Ashes and Gold. A World's Journey, MART a, Herford
Ashes and Gold. A World's Journey, Museum Schloß Moyland

2011
Insight, Gallery FeldbuschWiesner, Berlin
Erfundende Kuenstler, Kunstverein Heidelberg
Architektur + Fotografie, Architektur Galerie, Berlin
Water, Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp, Belgium

2010
Neue Werke 2010, Kommunale Galerie, Berlin
Gabriele Muenter Preis 2010, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
Gabriele Muenter Preis 2010, Frauenmuseum, Bonn

2009
Art Brussels, Fifty One Fine Art Photography

2008
Paris Photo, Fifty One Fine Art Photography
Interiors, Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerpen
Festival Voies Off des Rencontres d?Arles, Arles
51 Celebrates 8 Years, Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerpen

2007
Art Cologne, Fifty One Fine Art Photography
Paris Photo, Fifty One Fine Art Photography
Photo London, Fifty One Fine Art Photography

2006
90daysbrussels, The Dutch-Flemish Centre deBuren, Brussels
Eté de la Photographie, Bozar, Brussels
Golab the Grande Show, Monat der Fotografie, Berlin
Talking Cities: The Micropolitics of Urban Space, Zeche Zollverein, Essen

2005
White on White, Liike Galerie, Berlin
Baukasten Berlin, Designmai, Berlin

2002
KunstWinter-Berlin, Berlin

1999
Lichtinstallation, Zumtobel Staff Showroom, avec Sauerbruch Hutton Architekten, Berlin

 

 


AWARDS & GRANTS

2010
Finalist Gabriele Muenter Prize
Grant, Hafnarborg, Museum for Culture and Fine Art, Islande

2009
Winner DAM Architectural Book Award
Nomination, German Photobook Price 2010

2008
Baer Art Center, Islande

2007
The Dutch-Flemish Centre deBuren, Rotterdam

2006
The Dutch-Flemish Centre deBuren, Brussels

 



PUBLICATIONS

2011
New Works, avec Marcel Dettmann, Kunstagenten Gallery

2009
Neues Museum, Hatje Cantz
Village, POC Project

2007
Sites, Hatje Cantz
51, Fifty One Fine Art photography

2003
32xberlin, lucks+vonrauch

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