Solo Exhibition


Amin El Dib

Curated by Marc Barbey

Collection Regard is delighted to announce their new photography exhibition »SOME CHANGES MADE« – Amin El Dib, curated by Marc Barbey.

Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue published by Collection Regard with a text by Franziska Schmidt.

After the very well attended exhibition ARCHITE[X]TURES – Margret Hoppe & Julien Lescoeur, which expanded Collection Regard’s longstanding program to include the presentation of contemporary photography, we are again very gratified to be able show a particularly exciting contemporary position that has not received the attention. It is a photographer whose work is also closely linked with Berlin.

Photographer Amin El Dib was born in Cairo in 1961 and grew up in Germany from 1966 onward. He began his studies at the Technical University of Berlin in 1983 and received his degree (“Diplom Ingenieur”) in architecture. Since 2001 he has been a member of the Deutsche Fotografische Akademie. He has been living and working in Basel, Switzerland since 2003.

Torn Lines

From the very beginning, Amin El Dib’s work has been characterized by distinct thematic series. The selected series on view were produced in Berlin and later also in Switzerland. These works have been intentionally chosen to emphasize the part of his extensive practice in which he takes a decidedly abstract approach in terms of form and content – regardless whether the images reference people, plants, or materials.

Most striking are his works that deal with images of already completed series. Working with their materiality – in this case traditional baryte paper as well as modern digital print paper – he uses this to create new images. In other words, he tears the original photographs and places them together in a new way, leaving the ripped edges clearly visible. This tearing implies violence and destruction – a violence and destruction that he enacts on both the paper and people and things depicted.

At the same time, one could say, with some exaggeration, that an act of healing and repair takes place. The brutal deconstruction of an image is followed by its conciliatory restructuring in the form of an internal dialogue that generates a heightened and concentrated aesthetic. In his traditional motifs El Dib tends to explore ways to make visible the fragmentary and incomplete aspects of life and its constant blossoming/unfolding, to a certain extent as a contradiction to all that is glossy, perfect, and unattainable. In his montages made out of torn paper, he takes this to a whole new formal and aesthetic level with metaphorical dimensions. The images – yes, these are images – produced in this way are almost painful, both to retina and our innermost sensibilities, an impact that is heightened by the many staples visibly puncturing the images.

In addition to the works created using this technique, which makes up the largest part of the exhibition, Amin El Dib also shows other serial motifs in which the depicted subject matter, such as a woman’s head of hair, is shown in cropped views that gradually dissolve into a bright, absolute white. This too serves to describe existence as fragile and fleeting. It is an artistic commentary on something larger: the transient and short-lived nature of being.

The exhibition includes the following series: Images of My Beloved, Cain, GelatineSilverLightCardboard, WorksBroken, PartialViews, After the Storm, CutFlowerImages, and Weekenders.

From February 22 to June 7, 2019 the exhibition can be viewed every Friday from 2 to 6 pm (except on holidays) or by appointment.

We encourage you to also visit the exhibition Amin El Dib – Body and Soul curated by Enno Kaufhold at HAUS am KLEISTPARK, which runs from April 10 to June 7, 2019.

Accompanying program

The exhibition will be accompanied by a program of events, offering photography enthusiasts opportunities for exchange. An artist talk will take place as part of a “Salon Photographique” and there will be two tours, one with the photographer and one with Marc Barbey.

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 7 pm
Salon Photographique / Artist Talk with Amin El Dib and Franziska Schmidt.

Doors open at 7 pm. The talk (held in German) begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets are 5 €.
Advance reservation is kindly requested: moc.d1660194798rager1660194798noitc1660194798elloc1660194798@ofni1660194798

Guided Tours
Tours (held in German) with Amin El Dib and Marc Barbey:
Friday, May 10, 2019, 5 pm
Friday, May 24, 2019, 5 pm

Free admission.
Advance reservation is kindly requested: moc.d1660194798rager1660194798noitc1660194798elloc1660194798@ofni1660194798

Collection Regard

Collection Regard is a photographic collection focused on German photography, and specifically photography from Berlin. Since 2005 Marc Barbey has been expanding on his collection of German black-and-white photography, which extends from the beginning of photography into the 1990s. He currently also administers the estate of photographer Hein Gorny (1904–1967). With its work, Collection Regard deliberately assumes a position between museum and gallery. Collection Regard endeavors to present largely unknown, significant works of photography which deserve the attention of the public. A number of these works or editions can be purchased at Collection Regard. Presented exhibitions are subsequently offered to addition institutions, in order to make these positions better known to the broader art market.

Collection Regard
Collection Regard

Feb 22 — June 7, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb 21, 6 – 9 pm,
Opening remarks by Franziska Schmidt at 7 pm
Framework program: please see above


Steinstraße 12, 10119 Berlin
[Mitte | Mitte]

Opening hours: Friday 2 – 6 pm, and by appointment

Admission free

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