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Duo Exhibition

»Natural Appearance«

Maria Jauregui Ponte & Aitor Ortiz

In the exhibition Natural Appearance by Maria Jauregui Ponte and Aitor Ortiz, Galerie Springer Berlin is showing two series that have emerged independently of each other, but which are dedicated to the same theme, namely the appearance of nature. Both artists have used photography to capture the visible and the invisible in different ways.

Left: © MARIA JAUREGUI PONTE, Spur 31, 2021 (Detail) // Right: © AITOR ORTIZ, Estorninos 004, 2020 (Detail)
Maria Jauregui Ponte, o.T. / Fuchs 03, 2018 - 2021, Polaroid gerahmt Museumsglas, 19 x 18,5 cm, signiert, Edition: 5 + 2 AP © Maria Jauregui Ponte
Maria Jauregui Ponte, o.T. / Hase 06, 2018 - 2021, Polaroid gerahmt Museumsglas, 19 x 18,5 cm, signiert, Edition: 5 + 2 AP © Maria Jauregui Ponte
Maria Jauregui Ponte, o.T. / Reh 15, 2018 - 2021, Polaroid gerahmt Museumsglas, 19 x 18,5 cm, signiert, Edition: 5 + 2 AP © Maria Jauregui Ponte
Maria Jauregui Ponte, o.T. / Spur 07, 2018 - 2021, Pigment Print gerahmt Museumsglas, 91 x 61 cm, signiert, Edition: 3 + 2 AP © Maria Jauregui Ponte
Maria Jauregui Ponte, o.T. / Spur 15, 2018 - 2021, Pigment Print gerahmt Museumsglas, 91 x 61 cm, signiert, Edition: 3 + 2 AP © Maria Jauregui Ponte

In the series Wo Fuchs und Hase (Where Fox and Hare), which Maria Jauregui Ponte has been working on since 2018, the gallery is showing pictures from a small location in Mecklenburg. The cycle deals with wild animals that share their living space with people. By day, they live withdrawn, distanced from human beings. As soon as it gets dark and residents have withdrawn to their houses, the animal world re-conquers the terrain. Maria Jauregui makes this reconquering visible with the help of a wildlife camera. In the daytime, the artist takes the camera with her as she searches for traces the animals have left behind in the night; in a setting that is characterised by industrial agriculture and only seemingly represents nature.

Aitor Ortiz, Estorninos 011, 2020, Archival Pigment Print auf Hahnemühle Papier auf Aluminium, 125 x 125 cm, signiert, betitelt, nummeriert auf Etikett rückseitig, Edition: 5/5+2AP © Aitor Ortiz
Aitor Ortiz, Estorninos 015, 2020, Archival Pigment Print auf Hahnemühle Papier auf Aluminium Rahmen, 50 x 50 cm, signiert, betitelt, nummeriert auf Etikett rückseitig, Edition: 5/5+2AP © Aitor Ortiz
Aitor Ortiz, Estorninos 002, 2020, Archival Pigment Print auf Hahnemühle Papier auf Aluminium, 125 x 125 cm, signiert, betitelt, nummeriert auf Etikett rückseitig, Edition: 4/5+2AP © Aitor Ortiz
Aitor Ortiz, Estorninos 012, 2020, Archival Pigment Print auf Hahnemühle Papier auf Aluminium, 125 x 125 cm, signiert, betitelt, nummeriert auf Etikett rückseitig, Edition: 5/5+2AP © Aitor Ortiz

Ortiz photographs the fascinating formations of swarms of starlings on the Basque Country’s Atlantic coast. Isolated from their natural background, they form dark specks on empty canvases. These structures or clusters are jointly coordinated by hundreds or thousands of creatures. They constitute an agile, unpredictable choreography in which the individual disappears. Ortiz captures this natural wonder with his camera and alienates it with technical sophistication.

Maria Jauregui Ponte and Aitor Ortiz come from the Basque Country in Spain; Ortiz lives near Bilbao, Jauregui Ponte in Berlin and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

About Maria Jauregui Ponte

Maria Jauregui Ponte, born in the Basque Country in 1972, has been living and working in Berlin since 1996. She is a self-taught photographer and honed her skills in internships and assistantships before studying at the New School for Photography, graduating in 2012. Ponte sees photography as a testing ground, offering her a variety of opportunities for expression. The tension between coincidence and control forms part of her approach. Since 2000, she has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Germany and Europe, including at the Haus am Kleistpark, the Fotohaus ParisBerlin and the Rencontres d’Arles 2017 (solo exhibitions) and at the Opelvillen, Rüsselsheim (group exhibition).

About Aitor Ortiz

Born in Bilbao in 1971, Aitor Ortiz is one of the best-known Spanish photographers. His work has been shown in numerous major museums in Europe, Asia and America, in both group and solo exhibitions. His major solo exhibitions include: Museo Universidad de Navarra (2018), Fotografiska Stockholm (2012), Sala Canal de Isabel II, Madrid (2012), Museo Guggenheim, Bilbao (2011). The book published by Hatje Cantz in 2011 is an important monograph on his work, which has been lauded by critics and honoured with numerous awards. His works are included in many different collections, including: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Fundación La Caixa, AXA. Belgium, IVAM. Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Norman Foster Collection and many others.

About Galerie Springer Berlin

The gallery’s programme comprises a group of international artists. In recent years, it has focused on classical and contemporary photography. In addition to staging four to six exhibitions in Berlin every year as well as participating in art fairs in Germany and abroad, our activities also include supervising private and public collections. The gallery was founded as the Springer & Winckler Galerie in Frankfurt am Main in 1991. It moved to Rudolf Springer’s legendary rooms in Berlin in 1998. Since 2012, it has been run by Heide und Robert Springer as Galerie Springer Berlin, a name that is rich in tradition.

Framework program

Galerie Springer Berlin: Konzert »Souvenir de Basque«, mit Andreas Arend – Lyra Polyversalis, Christiane Gerhardt & Tilman Muthesius – Viola da Gamba

Friday, Jan 28, 2022, 7:30 pm
Concert »Souvenir de Basque«
With Andreas Arend (Lyra Polyversalis), Christiane Gerhardt & Tilman Muthesius (Viola da Gamba).
Registration required. The 2G+ rule applies.

Galerie Springer Berlin | »Natural Appearance« Maria Jauregui Ponte & Aitor Ortiz | virtual exhibition

3D Exhibition
The exhibition will be on view until January 29, 2022. Afterwards we invite you to view the exhibition in our virtual gallery on KUNSTMATRIX!

Supported by / Mit freundlicher Unterstützung von:
NEUSTART KULTUR
STIFTUNG KUNSTFONDS
GALERIE SPRINGER BERLIN

Oct 19, 2021 — Jan 29, 2022
Opening Reception: Saturday, Oct 16, 2021, 1 – 6 pm
+ Framework program: please see above

Fasanenstraße 13, 10623 Berlin
[District: Charlottenburg | Borough: Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf]

Opening hours: Tue – Fri 12 – 6 pm, Sat 12 – 3 pm, and by appointment

Admission free

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