Meeting with Berlin photographers: Anke Illing and Thomas Vossbeck

Where: Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk
When: March 24th, 2016, at 18.00

Anke Illing and Thomas Vossbeck are an artist duet running a photo studio in the centre of Berlin for 13 years. Besides their commercial work, they are also preoccupied with reportage and documentary art projects. They initiated the series called Europa Reportage, comprising of photos, publications and exhibitions, aiming at a critical glimpse at the life style of people living in the Central Europe, through getting acquainted with their specific cultures. War, iron curtain, the fall of the wall were the factors which constituted the relation between the Eastern, Central and Western Europe. We have been observing gradual removal of borders, the change of life and work conditions, the cultural expansion and mixing of European nations, leading to ethnic and cultural differentiation. Those transformations also concern the urban areas, architecture, institutions and homes. Illing and Vossbeck register those fluctuating identities in their photos, sometimes supplementing them with found artefacts (texts, films, music themes) which play as an additional commentary.  

During the meeting the artists will present selected photo projects, among them those realized as part of the Europa Reportage

The works of Anke Illing and Thomas Vossbeck will be part of a collective photo exhibition entitled Dis-places, which will take place in the Günter Grass Gallery in Gdańsk between August 26th and October 30th 2016 as part of the EU project The People’s Smart Sculpture. Other participating artists are: Ugo Carmeni (Italy), Sylvain Deleu (France/UK) and Michał Szlaga (Poland). Additionally, the exhibition will include a post-workshop presentation of photos taken by the participants of creative workshops with Michał Szlaga conducted in July 2015 as part of The People’s Smart Sculpture EU project.

Anke Illing, born in 1971, since 2002 working as a freelance photographer in Berlin. She’s interested in portrait and documentary photography. Within the recent years she made a series called Gesicht Zeigen! Für ein weltoffenes Deutschland e.V. addressing the issue of migration and tolerance. As part of the intercultural project Import / Export presented in Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, she showed a series of photos of the second generation German women of Indian origin. She played a key role in creating and realizing the project called Struktur und Architektur comprising of a series of publications and exhibitions.

Thomas Vossbeck, born in 1969, studied photodesign in Lette Verein in Berlin. His work concentrates around architecture and document. Since 2002 he has been working as a freelance photographer in Berlin. At the turn of 2004 and 2005 together with Anke Illing he started the series of exhibitions presenting the industrial sphere of the Upper Silesia, as part of the project Europa Reportage.

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