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»Junge Frau mit Unendlichkeitskette.
Porträts 1981-2022«

»Young Woman with Infinity Necklace. Portraits 1981-2022«

Göran Gnaudschun

With »Are You Happy?«, in 2019, the Poll Gallery showed a photo series in which Göran Gnaudschun portrays people in the suburbs of Rome. “Alexanderplatz”, “Midland”, or “The Better Life” are the titles of other series for which Gnaudschun has photographed people from different countries and milieus in recent years.

The exhibition “Young Woman with Infinity Necklace: Portraits 1981–2022” attempts to explore the essence of Göran Gnaudschun’s portraits, with a selection of some thirty works of his from various series: How does he succeed again and again in capturing the characteristics of the people he encounters in such immediate and compelling portraits? Is there something that unites all the images? A common thread linking his photographs from the past twenty years? Can we discern a development? In all his photographs, Göran Gnaudschun engages directly with the person being portrayed, with them as an individual and with their reality.

Certainly, there is a “secret” hiding in his methods for photographing strangers, people he does not know. He photographs his subjects without any prior knowledge and waits for something to reveal itself to him. He captures their image at a particular moment, during one period of their life. The photographs thus convey to viewers a feeling, a mood, that makes it possible to identify with their subjects. Perhaps this is what lends a presence to the images even years after they were made?

The exhibition opens a dialogue between black-and-white and colour photographs, and between analogue and digital images, from the past twenty years. Its portraits of women and men, of teenagers and children, are classically composed; at times the face is presented frontally in close-up, at times the images are shots of the whole person. To build a bridge between yesterday and today, the exhibition also shows two photographs of Gnaudschun’s parents as he portrayed them in 1981 at the age of ten. In 2022, just a few weeks ago, he asked his mother and father to stand in front of his camera once again, both striking a similar pose to the one they had taken forty years earlier. Does anything persist across time?

Born in Potsdam in 1971, Göran Gnaudschun studied artistic photography (diploma) and visual art (master student) with Prof. Timm Rautert in Leipzig from 1994 to 2003 at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig (HGB). He has received numerous scholarships and awards for his works including the working scholarship of the Foundation Kunstfonds Bonn in 2013 and the Brandenburg Art Prize in 2018. In 2016–2017, he held the scholarship of the German Academy Villa Massimo in Rome. Since 2018, he has been teaching at the Ostkreuz School of Photography in Berlin. His photos have been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in institutions and museums in Berlin, Hannover, Frankfurt, Munich, Paris, Riga, Rome, and San Francisco and can be found in various public collections, including the Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Frankfurt am Main, the Berlinische Galerie – Museum für Moderne Kunst, Berlin, the Folkwang Museum Essen, and the Poll Art Foundation, Berlin. Göran Gnaudschun lives and works in Potsdam.

Framework program

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Thursday, Sep 1, 2022, 6 – 9 pm
Opening Reception
The artist will be present.

Thursday, Sep 22, 2022, 7 pm
Artist Talk
Göran Gnaudschun in conversation with art historian Julia Rosenbaum. Held in German.

Galerie Poll

Sep 2 — Oct 22, 2022
Opening Reception: Thursday, Sep 1, 2022, 6 – 9 pm
+ Framework program: please see above

Gipsstraße 3, 10119 Berlin
[District: Mitte | Borough: Mitte]

Opening hours: Tue – Sat 12 – 6 pm, and by appointment: +49 30 261 70 91

Admission free

+++ Please pay attention to the current Corona regulations of the respective gallery/institution. +++ Bitte beachten Sie die aktuellen Corona-Bestimmungen der jeweiligen Galerie/Institution.

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