The two forces do not cancel each other out but instead produce a “memory compromise”. It is not the significant incident that becomes the recollected image, but an element that is strongly linked to it associatively, something that could have happened before or after, whose relevance forms a seemingly strong contrast to the emotion-driven memory. The memory is hence to some extent shifted into the association.
Verónica Losantos’ photographs are analogue – hence they have a special colour, a similar aesthetic. The analogue edits are much more raw as there are no pixels but instead grains and scratches. At the same time, there is not always the same sharpness. The imperfection of the texture is inherent to analogue photography. The real prints and the fixation in materiality are a reference to the process of development, the appearance of the photograph. Verónica Losantos not only shows how we remember through the selection, the perspectivity or the arsenal of images but also through the format of her photos, which for her represent different presences within the memory.
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication, published by Kehrer Verlag:
C/O Berlin Talents 36: Verónica Losantos / Anja Schürmann | screen memories
Verónica Losantos, born 1984, studied audiovisual communication and media at the University of Burgos and the Lette Verein in Berlin. In 2013 she won the 2nd prize of the Close Up! photography competition held by C/O Berlin. Her works have been exhibited in Freies Museum Berlin, the gallery World in a Room, the Contact Photography Festival in Toronto and in the gallery f5,6 in Munich. She is currently working as a freelance photographer in the field of education at the Society for Humanistic Photography. Verónica Losantos lives in Berlin.
Anja Schürmann, born in 1978, did a PhD in art-historical image descriptions as a scholarship holder of the DFG graduate research training group “Bild-Körper-Medium“ (image-body-medium) at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe. Since 2009 she has been a research assistant at the Institut für Kunstgeschichte der Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf and also works as a freelance author –for numerous exhibition catalogues and for HANT – Magazin für Fotografie, among others. Anja Schürmann lives in Düsseldorf.
Promoting young talents and giving them an initial chance that could shape their future – Talents is a creative campus for young international contemporary photography and art criticism. Since 2006, C/O Berlin has supported emerging photographers and critics on the threshold between their educational and professional life with this exhibition series. Every solo exhibition is accompanied by a publication, in which image and text enter into a dialogue with one another. Talents is an international competition with an annual call for entries. From the submitted entries, a specialist jury selects four photographers for each respective year. With the help of strong partnerships, C/O Berlin then sends the photographers and art critics out into the world. This programme, unique in Europe, provides many young artists with their first exhibition opportunity, for example in the Goethe Institutes of Minsk, Paris, Mexico City or Santiago de Chile.