19 April 2015 – The upcoming exhibition “The city from below” with photographs by Andreas Bromba from the series “The city from below” at Einstellungsraum e.V. in Hamburg-Wandsbek, a gallery that is particularly popular with young and innovative artists, has been included in the “Hamburger Architektur-Sommer” programme. Many thanks to gallery owner Elke Suhr for her patience and perseverance!
The biennial “Hamburger Architektur-Sommer” has developed into a major event with exhibitions, colloquia and discussions across the city attracting a growing number of visitors. This is architecture at its most vibrant.
The exhibition opens on Thursday, 16 June 2015 at 6 pm at the gallery Einstellungsraum e.V., Wandsbeker Chaussee 11. The photographer Andreas Bromba is present.
Places that are unexpected, beautiful, devoid of beauty. As if someone had suddenly turned off the sound or muted their mobile. We expect noise – we’re in the middle of the city after all. But the setting doesn’t need any sound. It has its own frequency. This is the “city from below”: photographs revealing the other sides of a city, beyond the crowds of tourists and coffee-table-book aesthetic – the “special flavour” that every city has. No, it’s not always pretty. But it is real. Pockets of noise in the stillness and pockets of stillness amidst the noise. The city from below is an open conceptual photographic series begun in 1990. Open, because new images are added each year from many of the countries the artist visits. And open because cities change and shift in tone: dark turns to light, calm turns to bustle, nature turns to concrete. All of the photographs are analogue.
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The photo series TERRRA TOTAL was created in the 1990s under the title Other Worlds. It is a series of macrophotographs: scenes composed of toys and small everyday objects. Smurfs, plastic skeletons and their friends allegorise the absurdities of life – situations people sometimes quite unexpectedly (and helplessly) find themselves in. After a ten-year hiatus, Andreas Bromba has returned to this series under the new title TERRRA TOTAL. The first TERRRA TOTAL scene is entitled “Treffpunkt N.Y.” (“Point of Impact NY”) and was created in January 2002. The series will be continued. All of the photographs are analogue.
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The Mystical Series is a conceptual photo series that aims to show, through special places, artworks and buildings in as many different countries as possible, that there is an “invisible” thread uniting all the peoples of the earth – a kind of archetype that calls to mind the same associations for everyone of a primal spiritual connection and yearning. The photographs of the series span a cross-cultural network that brings people across the globe together through the individual links, the photographs. The blue tone common to all the photographs underscores this sense and is an additional thread – in an “incredible, almost religious blue, reminiscent of the famous series of paintings by Yves Klein” (Berliner Zeitung, 23 October 2012). All of the photographs taken until 2015 are analogue and have only been digitally reworked in isolated instances.
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East Prussia, in the countryside, as if time had stood still. There’s still much to be done.
Medium format, Fuji RDP II roll film, 6×6 format – this was the point of departure. The Soviet, then also post-Soviet expanse (or void?) became associated with the square. These are pictures from the Kaliningrad or Königsberg city centre, right where the old and tranquil town used to be. Now there’s just concrete or nothing. Other pictures are of the coast: Cranz, now Zelenogradsk, a favoured seaside resort for Kaliningraders, and for people from central Russia. Turkey? Too dangerous. The West? Russians are frowned upon there now. Why not just get on a plane in Moscow and be relaxing on the Baltic beach within a couple of hours? And it’s Russian-speaking.