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Group Exhibition

»Back to the Future . The 19th Century in the 21st Century«

Anna Atkins, Sylvia Ballhause, Karl Blossfeldt, Bownik, Matthew Brandt, Alfred Brothers, Henry Frères, S.W. Burham, William England, Sam Falls, Spiros Hadjidjanos, Thomas Hauser, Nicolai Howalt, Adam Jeppesen, Thomas Mailaender, James Nasmyth, Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, Johan Österholm, Jaya Pelupessy & Felix van Dam, Douglas Mandry, Lisa Oppenheim, Warren de la Rue, Lewis M. Rutherford, Stephen Thompson, Simon van Til

C/O Berlin is presenting the exhibition Back to the Future . The 19th Century in the 21st Century from September 29 to December 02 01, 2018. The opening will be held on Friday, September 28, 2018, at 07:00 p.m. at the Amerika Haus in Hardenbergstrasse 22–24, 10623 Berlin.

Photogravures of the moon’s surface, botanical studies as blue cyanotypes, and Woodburytypes of portraits: the exhibition showcases the work of contemporary artists who are using the techniques, methods, and processes of the 19th century photography. Taking inspiration from that early photography, the artists work with light, photosensitive material, photographic emulsion, and chemical processes. These techniques are taken an often-surprising step further as the artists also incorporate new technologies such as computers and 3D printers. Actually, photography today finds itself in similar conditions to the nineteenth century, when the medium had not yet been concretized and as such remained open for experimentation. Astronomers, mathematicians, physicians, and chemists of the day had recognized the potential of photography and set about researching it with great curiosity and an open mind. Today’s desire to explore the possibilities of photography is in no way restricted with regard to technique, process, and material. The exhibition pairs these works with outstanding pieces from the nineteenth century, creating a dialogue that transcends the bare facts of parallels and correlations by focusing on meaningful associations. This open-minded approach reflects the spirit of visual freedom that unites the pioneers of the nineteenth century and their modern-day counterparts.

The exhibition Back to the Future . The 19th Century in the 21st Century is initiated by Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam in collaboration with C/O Berlin and was curated by Kim Knoppers and Ann-Christin Bertrand.

The show features works by artists including Anna Atkins (GB), Sylvia Ballhause (DE), Karl Blossfeldt (DE), Bownik (PL), Matthew Brandt (US), Alfred Brothers (GB), Henry Frères (FR), S.W. Burham (US), William England (SCT), Sam Falls (US), Spiros Hadjidjanos (GR), Thomas Hauser (FR), Nicolai Howalt (DK), Adam Jeppesen (DK), Thomas Mailaender (FR), James Nasmyth (GB-SCT), Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs (CH), Johan Österholm (SE), Jaya Pelupessy & Felix van Dam (NL), Douglas Mandry (CH), Lisa Oppenheim (US), Warren de la Rue (GB), Lewis M. Rutherford (US), Stephen Thompson (GB), and Simon van Til (NL).

Simultaneous exhibition at C/O Berlin:
Nicholas Nixon »Life Work«

Framework program

Public guided tours
Saturday & Sunday 2 pm & 4 pm (German) . 6 pm (English)

Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018, 8:30 pm
»A little bit of magic realized—First photographic experiments«
Lecture by Saskia Asser. Held in English.

Thursday, Nov 29, 2018, 8 pm
After Work Guided Tour & Drink
Held in German.

An exhibition in the context of Berlin Art Week 2018 and of EMOP Berlin — EUROPEAN MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY 2018.

Sep 29 — Dec 2 Dec 1, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, Sep 28, 7 pm
EMOP Opening Days at C/O Berlin: September 28 — 30, 2018
Framework program: see above


Amerika Haus, Hardenbergstraße 22-24, 10623 Berlin
[Charlottenburg | Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf]

Opening hours: Daily 11 am – 8 pm (Note: closed on Nov 15th from 3 pm)

Admission: 10 € / reduced 6 € | Online Ticket

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