Susa Templin – Through the Backdoor to the Indoors

Susa Templin – Through the Backdoor to the Indoors

Opening August 5 2016 at 5-8PM
Artist talk with Susa Templin, August 6 at 2 PM
The exhibition is open August 5 – September 11 2016

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German artist Susa Templin uses photography to explore how we experience rooms and places. Her artistry is characterized by a spontaneous and playful process that opens up the limitations of the space. With large-scale installations, hand printed photographs and sculptures she deconstructs the photographic image. She photographs, develops and produces analogue prints, combines those with drawings, makes collages and rephotographs; she works with multiple exposes and experiments in the dark room. With a seemingly simple collage-like method Templin constructs new realities that overlap, both physically and psychologically.

In Through the Backdoor to the Indoors at Fotogalleriet [format] Templin focuses on spaces in rooms and apartments. Windows, doors, curtains and corners are pictured: interiors from rooms that to most of us are very familiar. But at the same time it is a personal space that tells about man’s private sphere. In several works Templin’s own body is visible in the room. In one we see her on the bed, in another her hand is holding up an image for a photograph. The eye of the artist thereby becomes ours as she tests our accustomed way of seeing spaces and its functions.  Like in a puzzle, the viewer can follow Templin`s spatial examinations: her photographic images appear twice or sometimes three times in the course of the exhibitions in different states, colours or sizes.

For this show, the  gallery is divided into two rooms. In the front part of the exhibition Templin show spaces that are de- and re-constructed in a physical, handmade manner. Room-size and smaller collage works together with models of rooms on pedestals and photographs taken from the models, present a way of creating a three-dimensional space by using photography in a sculptural method. We encounter the piece Folded Space, an installation consisting of photographs covering two walls in a room size collage. The edges of the images, as well as the motifs, reach out into the exhibition space and create different layers of spatial realities.

In the rear space of the gallery, the artist presents constructions and deconstructions of spaces, that were made directly in the camera or in the darkroom, using the techniques of analogue photography. In the piece Light in a Room consisting of twelve handmade analogue prints of a double-exposure, Templin has experimented with our perception of the colour temperature of light. With the same negative she plays with colour filters during the darkroom process. The result is a series where the light from the window changes from a warm yellow to a shimmering blue tone as if the temperature of the light is naturally shifting.
The collage piece Chair, Night, Summer is made up from seven pictures that together show a wooden chair, wedged in a window, like it is about to escape. Parts of the chair also appears in other works, as a reminder that everything shifts depending on how we see it.

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Susa Templin (b. 1965) lives and works in Berlin and Frankfurt/Main. She is educated at Hochschule der Künste, Berlin and Städelschule -Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt /Main (1989-1994). She has held a variety of solo exhibitions, including at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2015), Reiss-Engelhorn Museen/Zephyr, Mannheim (2013) and Berlinische Galerie- Museum of Modern Art, Berlin (2007). In 2003 she completed Indoor Landscapes, a permanent installation at the Kunsthalle Mannheim. Templin has received numerous grants and stipends, including Welde-Preis fuer Kunst Fotografie – selected by Florian Ebner and Luminita Sabau (2013) and the Kunst-Fonds Bonn (2012). Through the Backdoor to the Indoors is Templins first solo exhibition in Sweden.

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Read the review in Sydsvenskan by Carolina Söderholm here.
(note: in Swedish)

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The exhibition is supported by Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Stockholm.
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