Steffi Klenz's practice is preoccupied with the built environment, critically exploring the notion of place and spatiality. Her work unfolds in urban places and buildings and uncovers unexpected embedded narratives and traces of history.
The photographic series Beun begins with an Associated Press photograph of a concentration camp in Ohrdruf, East-Germany. By digitally corrupting the image file, the image becomes ruptured, deformed and disfigured into digital codec mismatch. Collapsing time and space, the resulting images re-emerge recognizable but strangely out of reach. Klenz's new video piece Beun (2016) refers to an unknown World Prison Camp gathered from the same collection. Klenz constructed a life-size model in her studio as well as photographic conditions such as lighting and camera position of the archive image. Klenz filmed this architectural replica and ruptured the imagery in a similar manner to the photographic images of the photographic series Beun. Klenz is interested in putting the viewer of Beun in the position of 'spiraling' or 'hovering', unable to literally finish or exhaust the piece. She provides an experience of looking: a form of unfolding that suggests that no single visualization can offer a transparent interpretation of such a historical place.
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Description taken from the wall text for the Stagings of a Room exhibition at London Gallery West, Nov 2016 - Jan 2017.
|Schools:||School of Film & Media|
|Date Deposited:||09 Feb 2017 17:18|
|Last Modified:||10 Feb 2017 10:38|
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