Power and Ritual
Rituals of Election Campaigns
Photographs 1984 - 2017 (work in Progress)
The election campaigns for the German Bundestag are an ideal occasion to explore strategies of production and self-production across all political parties. This cycle is a work about the endeavour of shading light on the precisely calculated gestures of the actors of these public orchestration, their success in radiate aspects of power and its fascination. These photographs expose politics as theatre. (part of the cycle Power and Ritual)
These are pictures of the chancellors Willy Brandt, Helmut Schmidt, Helmut Kohl, Gerhard Schröder, Angela Merkel and the challengers Franz Josef Strauss, Hans Jochen Vogel, Johannes Rau, Oskar Lafontaine, Rudolf Scharping, Edmund Stoiber, Fank-Walter Steinmeier, Peer Steinbrück and Martin Schulz.
In this context, media scientist Norbert Bolz once referred to the "great quit picture" as a refuge of serenity and concentration in the unending stream of visual data. The classic photograph, in other words, has strength in its weakness. It allows contemplation. The rituals of election campaigns were photographed in the years 1984 to 2017 and the work is still in progress...
Vintage gelatin silver and archival pigment prints,
24x30cm up to 80x120cm, sig., stamp., notes, 1984-2017
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