For the first time, Galerie Springer Berlin is presenting the artist and photographer Jens Liebchen and his »System« series. His photo book, published under the same title by Peperoni Books/White Press in 2014, was highly acclaimed by critics and sold out within only a short time. The gallery is therefore all the more fortunate to now be able to exhibit his large-sized works.
Jens Liebchen studied Social Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin before turning his attention entirely to photography. In his works, he deals with political and social issues. His time spent living in Tokyo, from 2010 until 2013, provided him with a reflective insight into Japanese society and culture. While in Tokyo and at the heart of the metropolis, he produced his »System« series. In the outer part of the Imperial Palace Garden, Liebchen photographed pine trees during a blizzard. For Jens Liebchen, the trees have an exemplary function. Shaped systematically, they thus correspond to social norms and in this sense cast a reflection on society as a whole.
In addition to the »System« series, the gallery is also exhibiting works from the »Tsukuba-Narita 2011/03/13« series. The series is Liebchen’s immediate artistic reaction to the earthquake-tsunami-reactor-catastrophe in Japan in March 2011 and questions the medial truthfulness of images in the content of global news reporting. Almost like a road movie, the images present in chronological sequence the view from a bus window while travelling to Narita Airport outside of Tokyo.
Born in Bonn in 1970, Jens Liebchen has been living in Berlin since the early 1990s. From 2010 to 2013 he lived and worked in Japan. His works have been exhibited in numerous international individual and group exhibitions. »Politics & Art – Art & Politics« attracted particular attention and was presented on tour across the world by the Goethe-Institut.
Books are a main focus of his work, the book “DL07 – Stereotypes of war: a photographic investigation” is prominently presented in Parr/Badgers “The Photobook – a history”. Jens Liebchen was part of the project “The La Brea Matrix” in Los Angeles.
His works are represented in national and international collections, including the art collection of the German Bundestag, DZ Bank Kunstsammlung Frankfurt, Bibliotheque Nationale de France in Paris, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (MOCA).
May 23 – July 29, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 3 – 8 pm
Artist Talk | Jens Liebchen in conversation with Dr. Matthias Harder: Thu, June 29, 2017, 7 pm
Fasanenstraße 13, 10623 Berlin
[Charlottenburg | Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf]
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 12 noon – 6 pm, Sat 12 noon – 3 pm