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After August Sander
People of the 21st Century

28.1.–29.5.22

WED. 19.1.22
Press Release

With his collection of portraits, “People of the 20th Century”, August Sander (1876–1964) produced a monumental life’s work that not only made photographic history but went on to influence generations of artists. The photographer, who was born in Herdorf near Siegen, depicted professional groups and social classes for several decades. Altogether he collected more than 600 images in forty-five portfolios, organizing them into seven categories: The Farmer, The Skilled Tradesmen, The Woman, Classes and Professions, The Artists, The City (city dwellers), and The Last People, who were found on the fringes of society. A selection was first assembled in the publication “Face of Our Time” (1929). By working on a portrait of society during his time, Sander not only developed archetypal images but also aimed to study the nature of man in relation to his community.

“After August Sander” combines the work of the world-famous yet regionally-based photographer with a contemporary perspective of 13 artists. At the heart of the exhibition is a group of 70 large-format photographs that Sander compiled as late as the early 1960s, also for presentations in the Siegerland. As a gift from Barbara Lambrecht-Schadeberg to mark the MGKSiegen’s 20th birthday, these are now being shown here for the first time. Starting out from this important group of works, the exhibition directs attention towards portraits of people in the 21st century and initiates further examination of images showing contemporary types.
The artistic positions exhibited revitalise the work of August Sander both directly and indirectly. The deliberate leap in time of about 100 years visualises our changed views of life and new influences on the individual. Despite the historical reference, “After August Sander” does not stick exclusively to the medium of photography, but presents video installations and sculptures in a reflection of our times.

With contributions by August Sander und Mohamed Bourouissa, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Hans Eijkelboom, Omer Fast, Soham Gupta, Sharon Hayes, Bouchra Khalili, Ilya Lipkin, Sandra Schäfer, Collier Schorr, Tobias Zielony und Artur Zmijewski

Curator: Thomas Thiel

Supported by Kunststiftung NRW

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August Sander, Der erdgebundene Mensch, 1912, Contemporary Collection, MGKSiegen, © Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Köln – August Sander Archiv/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2022

 

August Sander, Bauernpaar – Zucht und Harmonie, 1912, Contemporary Collection MGKSiegen, © Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Köln – August Sander Archiv; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2022

August Sander, Jungbauern, 1914, Contemporary Collection, MGKSiegen, © Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Köln – August Sander Archiv; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2022

August Sander, Boxer, 1929, Contemporary Collection, MGKSiegen, © Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Köln – August Sander Archiv; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2022

August Sander, Maler [Anton Räderscheidt], 1926, Contemporary Collection, MGKSiegen, © Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Köln – August Sander Archiv; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2022

August Sander, Polizeibeamter. Der Wachtmeister, 1925, Contemporary Collection, MGKSiegen, © Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Köln – August Sander Archiv; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2022

August Sander, Zirkusartistin, 1926-1932, Contemporary Collection, MGKSiegen, © Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Köln – August Sander Archiv; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2022

August Sander, Putzfrau, 1928, Contemporary Collection, MGKSiegen, © Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Köln – August Sander Archiv; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2022

Collier Schorr, Wes Portrait, 2009–2018, Courtesy the artist and Modern Art, London and 303 Gallery, New York

Hans Eijkelboom, Photo Note October 21, 2006 (Camouflage), Courtesy the artist

Hans Eijkelboom, Photo Note October 23, 2015 (Hoed), Courtesy the artist

Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Mondo Cane (The Town Crier), 2019, Courtesy the artists and Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin, Photo: Nick Ash

Omer Fast, August, 2016, Still, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Stephan Ciupek/Filmgalerie 451

Omer Fast, August, 2016, Still, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Stephan Ciupek/Filmgalerie 451

Sandra Schäfer, Westerwald: Eine Heimsuchung, 2021, Sill, © Sandra Schäfer/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Sharon Hayes, Ricerche: one, 2019, Still, Courtesy the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Artur Żmijewski, Dieter, Patricia, Ursula, 2007, Still, Courtesy the artist, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zürich, and Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warschau

Mohamed Bourouissa und Alice Ifergan-Rey, Je vous raconte comment Mohamed Bourouissa a changé des chômeurs en sculpture dans un camion à Marseille, 2019, Still, © Mohamed Bourouissa /VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022 and Alice Ifergan-Rey

Bouchra Khalili, The Tempest Society, 2017, Still, Courtesy mor charpentier, Paris, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Soham Gupta, Untitled, from the series „Angst“ (2013-17), Collection Museum Folkwang Essen, Courtesy the artist

Ilya Lipkin, Untitled, 2019, Courtesy the artist and  Lars Friedrich, Berlin

Tobias Zielony, from the series „Golden“, 2018, Courtesy the Artist and KOW, Berlin

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