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The Sum of the Parts

Ulrich Wüst in conversation with Thomas Seelig

Ulrich Wüst is a cool observer of his time with a contentious relationship to social and political contradictions. Everyday absurdities stand in direct contrast to the collective emphasis on public life that played an important part in socialist ideology. His photographic series created over long periods of time document the absence of civil society in East Germany and explore the collective feeling of privacy and its culmination in emptiness and futility. A defining quality of his work is the dialectic between ostensible objectivity and a precise attention to detail that is both subjective and subversive.  

How does one go from city planning to a freelance photography, as Ulrich Wüst did? What was it like to work as an artist in an authoritarian state? How did Ulrich Wüst explore the boundaries between official and unofficial culture? How did he arrive at the leporello as his chosen format for the presentation of his work? Are there connections in terms of subject matter and formal elements between his work and that of international photographers?

In conversation with Thomas Seelig, Director of Fotomuseum Winterhur, Ulrich Wüst will give insights into the production, conception, and reception of his works—at the intersection between private and public, East and West, artistic freedom and state censorship. Following the event, Ulrich Wüst will be available to sign the exhibition catalog.

The talk is in German.

Open from 8 pm . Begin 8:30 pm
Admission 5 Euro
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Place C/O Berlin . Amerika Haus . Hardenbergstraße 22-24 . 10623 Berlin