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SIX DEGREES OF FREEDOM
A GALLERY COLLABORATION: MICAMERA AND ROBERT MORAT (BERLIN)
January 21st to February 25th, 2017
Opening with the artist on Friday, January 20th
workshop with Jessica Backhaus Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 (special guest: Robert Morat)
Aperitif with the gallerist on Sunday, January 22nd at 7pm
Six Degrees of Freedom is Jessica Backhaus’ latest series. The title refers to the freedom of movement of a body in space – in any possible direction. The definition comes from engineering, but refers perfectly to the fact that, very similarly, we are the result of our own choices in a given environment.
The work was, indeed, partly inspired by the artist’s own biography and her desire to find out more about her roots. Backhaus visited places of her childhood and youth and tried symbolically to capture the essence of this search and of the different life stages. Nevertheless, the photographs are open for individual interpretation.
In Six Degrees of Freedom the themes are memory, background, yearning, identity and destiny. The search for our roots, in the artist’s work, is the yearning for our real identity and finally a call to follow your own convictions and live without compromises.
All this, through perfectly beautiful still lives.
Read about the exhibition on Vogue.it
As Jean Christoph Amman wrote in the introduction to a previous work (Once, Still and Forever, released by Kehrer Verlag in 2012)
‘Sometimes it takes time to grasp the work of an artist. How often does the attention-grabbing motif stand at the foreground. For Jessica Backhaus, the motif provides an occasion for contemplating the “way of the world,” the “order of things” (which disorder makes necessary), for thinking about light and color as generators of life. And there is something else as well, a quiet melancholy that tells us that we cannot change the tides. In other words: that we should follow them instead.’
Six Degrees of Freedom is also a book, published by Kehrer Verlag in 2015 (buy it here).
Jessica Backhaus was born in Cuxhaven, Germany in 1970 and grew up in an artistic family. At the age of sixteen, she moved to Paris, where she later studied photography and visual communications. Here she met Gisèle Freund in 1992, who became her mentor. In 1995 her passion for photography drew her to New York, where she assisted photographers, pursued her own projects and lived until 2009.
Jessica Backhaus is regarded as one of the most distinguished voices in contemporary photography in Germany today. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin. Her photographs are in many prominent art collections including Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Germany, ING Art Collection, Belgium, Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA and the Margulies Collection, Miami, USA. She has published seven books with Kehrer Verlag: Jesus and the Cherries (2005), What Still Remains (2008), One Day in November (2008, dedicated to Gisèle Freund), I Wanted to See the World (2010), ONE DAY – Ten Photographers (2010), Once, Still and Forever (2012), Six Degrees of Freedom (2015). She lives in Berlin.
In addition to the monographies published with Kehrer Verlag, Jessica Backhaus’ work is also included in: Women Photographers. From Julia Margaret Cameron to Cindy Sherman by Boris Friedewald (Prestel, 2014) and The Photographers’ Sketchbooks by Stephen McLaren and Bryan Formhals (Thames & Hudson, 2014)
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