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Candida Höfer / Rui Xavier . Silent Spaces

Screening, Bookpresentation, Booksigning

People are omnipresent in her photographic tableaus – silent, fleeting, indirect and completely invisible. Candida Höfer follows human traces and subtle signs of life in the vast empty spaces of museums, libraries, theatres, opera houses, palaces and universities. She directs the gaze to the frequently overlooked pragmatic details of these everyday public places and their aesthetic qualities. Hence her large format photographs are quiet, visual reflections on symmetry, form, surface and structure.

Just like her auratic works, Candida Höfer is considered virtually inapproachable. She herself always remains hidden behind her photographs. Rui Xavier has engaged with this aspect that is very particular to the artist and follows Candida Höfer while she is photographing with a great deal of respect, when she is working in her studio and at home, as well as in the preparation of exhibitions in Düsseldorf, London and São Paulo. “Silent Spaces” is a visual series of observations and variations on Candida Höfer’s creative work process and artistic approach. What is important about what we see? How can we communicate what we see? How can we stay truthful? The result is a dense filmic portrait of the artist, which manages without words, trusting in its own visual language.

At C/O Berlin, Candida Höfer and Rui Xavier will present the result of their two-year collaboration. The book with its accompanying DVD will be published in June 2015 by Distanz Verlag; a limited edition will also be available. Candida Höfer will exclusively sign her new book “Silent Spaces”.

Between 1964 and 1968, Candida Höfer, born in 1944, studied artistic photography in the class of Arno Jansen in the Kölner Werkschulen. From 1973 to 1982 she studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf – initially film in the class of Ole John and later she was one of the first to change to Bernd Becher’s photography class. Between 1997 and 2000 she was a professor at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe. Candida Höfer’s works have been shown worldwide in museums such as Kunsthalle Basel, Kunsthalle Bern, Portikus, Frankfurt am Main, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Power Plant, Toronto, Kunsthaus Bregenz and Museum Ludwig, Köln. In 2002 she participated in the documenta 11 and in 2003 she represented Germany at the Venice Biennale. Candida Höfer is member of the Freie Akademie der Künste Hamburg. She lives and works in Cologne.

Rui Xavier, born in 1974, studied audiovisual communication at the Instituto Politécnico in Porto until 1995 and also photo journalism at the University of Wales in Cardiff until 1997. After graduating he worked as a freelance photographer in England and Portugal and started the photographers collective Kameraphoto. At the same time, he became more and more interested in film making and founded Ricochete Films. Since 2005 he as worked has a film maker and cinematographer. His debut film „The Surface“ received a Special Mention of the Jury at the 58th Berlinale in 2008. From 2010 Rui Xavier is a resident visual artist at Atelier Concorde. He lives and works in Lisbon.

Begin from 8.30 pm
Presentation / Booksigning 9 pm
Screening 10 pm . free admission
Publication 80 page, 97 color images . Hardcover with Linen, incl. DVD (40min), published by Distanz Verlag, Berlin
Price 35 Euros
Place Courtyard of Amerika Haus . Hardenbergstraße 22-24, 10623 Berlin