01.02.2012  •  Art NEWS


Galerie Clara Maria Sels : Joseph Huber and the Egyptian Revolution versus Alexander Chekmenev's studies of the DonBass region at Düsseldorf's Photo Weekend

During Düsseldorf Photo Weekend, the gallery will present the works of two young photographers. Ukrainian Alexander Chekmenev (born in 1969) and German Joseph Huber (born in 1986), who is currently on show at the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition at the London Portrait Gallery.

Joseph Huber presents extracts from his Sũra photography series, which was created in the weeks before and during the Egyptian revolution. It attempts to break up the conflict between the occidental culture of the Islamic world and confront the audience with the individual in its purest form of humanity.

“I want to make the intimate thoughts and emotions show on the faces of the portrayed people”, explains Joseph Huber. “These thoughts and emotions are free of political and religious beliefs, are deeply rooted in the human experience and connect each and every human in this world – independent of his or her origin or belief”.

The photographs by Alexander Chekmenev on the other hand visualise the everyday routine of people, who live and work in the DonBass region, which was once the Ukraine’s largest coal mining region. For a whole decade, he has been documenting the harshness of the local living conditions with his camera. The series is accompanied by the 'DON BASS' publication by the Kehrer Verlag.

Both photographic perspectives show the diversity of human existence in a very captivating manner. Thanks to their open mindedness and keen perception, the works offer a thoroughly positive mediation on lifestyles, independent of social, economic or religious disposition.

Opening: Saturday the 4th of February, from 12noon to 6pm.
Talk with the artists Joseph Huber & Andrej Krementschouk, 5pm.

Poststr. 3, 40213 Düsseldorf