Gudrun Kemsa: New York, New York

Photographic and video artist Gudrun Kemsa sees the world as a stage on which an infinite number of performances take place every day. In his work, he deals with the perception of time in an urban context. She photographs people in public spaces or assembles city travel film sequences in such a way that the city appears to be in motion. In this case, it is the glamorous metropolis of New York City that has attracted artists under her spell for generations and that Gudrun Kemsa has visited several times herself. She is particularly interested in the outward, “beautiful” appearance. All the works were made in full sun and the buildings form a splendid stage for the observed scenes, which nevertheless appear so orderly as if someone had directed the composition. This creates images of infinite beauty on the streets and squares of Manhattan. Gudrun Kemsa observes daily events that escape us due to lack of time or interest. In order to participate in their volatility, we need time. Time as an opponent to accelerate is the condition for Gudrun Kemsa’s art, which prompts us to stop and take a closer look. The exhibition was created in collaboration with the Lausberg Gallery, Düsseldorf, and will run until January 16, 2022, at Museum Moderner Kunst Wörlen of Passau.

In the most recent works of the photographer Gudrun Kemsa, all of New York becomes an enormous backdrop. From bustling everyday life in the big city, she highlights interpersonal scenes in which the anonymous protagonists take action amidst the urban architecture as if in a film: in a rush, waiting motionlessly in front of boutiques or at intersections. Kemsa’s photographic series make individual motion sequences visible. With the contrast between natural and artificial light, she models people and architecture in dramatic tableaus, impressive moments of stillness, or enraptured strangely timeless conditions. The project was published by Kerber in 2020.

About the Author

From 1980 to 1990 Kemsa studied at the Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Karl Bobek and David Rabinowitch, and since 1985 she has been a master class student.

A portrait of Gudrun Kemsa

From 1997 to 1999 she had a teaching position for photography at the Bergische Universität GH Wuppertal, from 2000 to 2001 she was a lecturer for photography/film/AV at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences (until 2001: Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences), Krefeld. Kemsa has been teaching there since 2001 as a professor for “Moving Images and Photography”.

In her photo works and videos, Kemsa addresses the perception of time in an urban context. For example, she depicts people moving in public space or assembling film sequences of city trips so that the city seems to be in motion. Gudrun Kemsa lives and works in Düsseldorf.

Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: Kerber; Bilingual edition (October 20, 2020)
Language: English
Size: 6.7 x 0.5 x 9.6 inches
Weight: 1 pounds
ISBN-10: 3735606652
ISBN-13: 978-3735606655

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