Book Launch / Book Signing / Artist Talk
In cooperation with Robert Morat Galerie, Bildband Berlin presents:
»Six degrees of freedom«
Book Launch, Book Signing & Artist Talk: Saturday, March 12, 2016, 18h
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12-20h, Sat 12-18h
Jessica Backhaus (b. 1970) examines, with her latest photographic series “Six degrees of freedom“, universal questions of human existence. Based on her own life story she inquires after the significance of knowing the roots of one’s own existence and to what extent it is possible to re-elaborate these – usually prescribed – roots.
Initially unconsciously, then ever more purposefully the photographer, who grew up in a family of artists, at some point in her life set off in search of her own background. On this journey she visits places of her childhood and youth and fills the gaps in her memories.
With her photographs she symbolically captures the essence of this search and of her life stages. Simultaneously, she pulls off the balancing act of keeping the images open for the beholder. Her photographs possess metaphoric potential and work against the grain of a classic social documentary photography. They alternate between realism and abstraction.
“Six degrees of freedom” is her sixth photobook at Kehrer Verlag and deals with the great universal themes of background, yearning, identity, and destiny.
Six degrees of freedom
Texts by Caroline von Courten, Lars Mextorf, Jessica Backhaus
22,8 x 27,4 cm
64 color and b/w ills.
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 Gisele 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.
To date, seven publications to her name; Jesus and the Cherries, 2005, What Still Remains, 2008, One Day in November, 2008, I Wanted to See the World, 2010, ONE DAY- 10 photographers, 2010, Once, still and forever, 2012 and Six degrees of freedom, 2015, all published by Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, 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.
Jessica Backhaus is represented by Robert Morat Galerie in Hamburg and Berlin, Robert Klein Gallery in Boston, Galerie Anja Knoess in Cologne, Stieglitz 19 Gallery in Belgium, Wouter van Leeuwen Gallery in Amsterdam and Micamera Gallery in Milan.