Corinna Streitz Gossamer/Gespinste
vernissage: 04.09.2012, 6 pm.
04.09.2012 - 18.09.2012
by Curator: Krzysztof Jurecki
Corinna Streitz, in her 2011 Gossamer/ Gespinste series, continues the surrealist photography programme with extreme success, focusing on its romantic and symbolic aspects. The series include approximately 30 analog, black and white photographs.
Each time we look at these photographs we get an impression that we watch a different person: a girl, a woman and sometimes even a man. The concept of gender has been deliberately blurred at times. Therefore, we deal with conscious transgression. The presented series employ photo-performance, a formula which was quite popular in the 80s and 90s, but now is used less frequently. Both the tradition of German expressionism and surrealism can be observed here. Some of the works resemble those of Diane Ducruet, for instance, her self-portrait with poppies, another projects seem close to the gloomy and antihumanist mood of Francis Bacon works, while at the same time they may draw from the classic surrealism, which could reveal human-animal characters as coming from human subconscious, a technique used for instance by Max Ernst. Another important aspect which I have to point out is that the author perfectly manages each photograph creating a visualization for it and the right mood. She does similarly well when photographing a sullen landscape, a luxurious interior or an architectonic detail. It rarely happens that an artist demonstrates such great ability to shape the photographs and fill them up with personal spirituality.
Corinna Streitz was born in 1970. Since 2007 participated in seminars and workshops of Neue Schule für Fotografie in Berlin, where she studied in the studios of Wolfgang Zurborn and Eva Bertram. She also trained in restoring of wall paintings. In 2008 and 2010 was selected for the slideshow presentation of the top 20th of Month of Photography Bratislava and in 2008 and 2011 for Portfolio-walk of DFA (German Photographic Academy).