Kerstin Flake. The Song of the quiet Waves

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Kerstin Flake. The Song of the quiet Waves

01/06 — 08/10/2023

Kerstin Flake, Shaking Surfaces 04, 2018, © artist
Kerstin Flake, Shaking Surfaces 04, 2018, © artist
Selfportrait, photo: Kerstin Flake
Selfportrait, photo: Kerstin Flake
Kerstin Flake, Shaking Surfaces 09, 2018, © artist
Kerstin Flake, Shaking Surfaces 09, 2018, © artist
Kerstin Flake, Shaking Surfaces 05, 2018, © artist
Kerstin Flake, Shaking Surfaces 05, 2018, © artist
Kerstin Flake, Shaking Surfaces 01, 2018, © artist
Kerstin Flake, Shaking Surfaces 01, 2018, © artist

Kerstin Flake is looking for objects, places, spaces and images that she stages - at a distance in time - and puts on stage in her studio. For the artist, the studio is not a classic fixed location. It can be abandoned, pre-demolished old flats, prefabricated buildings, empty factories, shops, dune landscapes or cities in the USA, in which Flake in turn creates new spaces.

Kerstin Flake wants to change the rectangular frame given by the camera as well as the static image section that is created, to show her changing view of things and spaces in order to break with customary ideas of seeing and expectations of images and to use the medium of photography to illuminate the documentary and narrative potential of the images. At the same time, she takes up new technical developments and processes them artistically in her works. The object takes on new life through Kerstin Flake and becomes an apparently acting subject. It enters a stage, lets the space tell hidden stories, evokes unexpected catastrophes and surreal sceneries. Things begin to dance, vibrate, float and set the seemingly ordered (pictorial) space in motion, directing the viewer's gaze to the actors and confusing the viewer. In doing so, the artist also leaves the classical two-dimensional pictorial space and includes the exhibition space. She often stages her actors in the space. Images and objects communicate with each other and with the viewers.

Born in Karlsruhe in 1967, Kerstin Flake first studied theatre, film and media studies at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. From 1997 to 2003 she was a student at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig in the Photography and Media class of Professor Joachim Brohm.

The exhibition is sponsored by the BMW Leipzig branch.

Opening: 31.05.2023, 6 pm

Selfportrait, photo: Kerstin Flake
Selfportrait, photo: Kerstin Flake