Frédéric Brenner is an internationally acclaimed photographer, known for exploring questions of longing, belonging and exclusion for over four decades. His major opus, Diaspora, Homelands in Exile, is the result of a 25-year search in over 40 countries to create a visual record of the Jewish people at the end of the 20th century, a case study of the human condition. Initially intended to chronicle vanishing Jewish communities, the project evolved into a probing examination of the multiple, dissonant identities of a scattered people.
Brenner initiated an international photographic project, This Place, in which he invited eleven other artists to join him in exploring Israel and the West Bank as place and metaphor. His own contribution is entitled An Archeology of Fear and Desire.
His new photographic essay, ZERHEILT: HEALED TO PIECES, explores Berlin as a vast spectrum of expressions and performances of Jewishness. Via a series of fragmentary insights into this incubator of paradox and dissonance, he reflects on conflicting narratives of redemption and sheds light on an ever-so-present absence. Like a shattered mirror, these images offer a polyphonic, sometimes bizarre and disturbing reflection of and on a topography of displacement and estrangement, far beyond the story of Berlin or of Jews.
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This photo exhibition explores the complexity of Israel and the West Bank.
7 Jun 2019 to 19 Apr 2020
Without the leaves, I would not have started
Frédéric Brenner about his new photographic essay, ZERHEILT: HEALED TO PIECES, and Jewish life in Berlin
Artist talk with the photographer Frédéric Brenner
Wed 2 Mar 2022, 7.30 pm (video recording available)
Frédéric Brenner – ZERHEILT: HEALED TO PIECES
3 Sep 2021 to 24 Apr 2022
Frédéric Brenner: ZERHEILT: HEALED TO PIECES
Accompanying publication to the homonymous exhibition