Franziska Stünkel: „Coexist”

The Leica Galerie Düsseldorf is showing works by the German photographer Franziska Stünkel in the exhibition "Coexist". For over twelve years, the internationally awarded film director and photo artist has travelled with her Leica camera through Asia, Africa, Europe and America in search of natural reflections on shop window glass, which in their condensation tell of the coexistence of human life. Charged to the highest complexity, her photographs are the visualisation of the commonalities and contrasts that exist in our diversely networked world. The artist completely dispenses with digital post-processing of her photographs. The result is a multi-layered view of the highly topical question of coexistence in our present. The exhibition at the Leica Galerie Düsseldorf presents photographs from the entire twelve-year work cycle "Coexist".

Coexist © Franziska Stünkel

Franziska Stünkel is a German photo artist and film director. After studying in the film class and the class for artistic photography, among others, at the University of Fine Arts Kassel, she became a master student of Prof. Uwe Schrader. Franziska Stünkel's images are shown in renowned galleries and exhibition institutions and are represented in private and public collections, including the collection of the Sprengel Museum Hannover. Among the awards for her photographic work are the Audi Art Award and the Berlin Hyp Art Prize. Her films have been screened in 19 countries and at more than 100 international film festivals and have received numerous awards, including the Best New Director Award at the Williamsburg Brooklyn Film Festival in New York and most recently the "Förderpreis Neues Deutsches Kino 2021" at the Int. Filmfest München. As director and screenwriter, Franziska Stünkel realised the feature film "Nahschuss" starring Lars Eidinger, Devid Striesow and Luise Heyer, which celebrated its theatrical release in Germany in August 2021. This was followed by the film's international premiere in the USA at the 57th Chicago International Film Festival. In January 2022, "Nahschuss" was released in Spanish cinemas. The film is based on the life story of Dr Werner Teske, who was sentenced to death and executed in the GDR in 1981. In her feature films, Franziska Stünkel deals with socio-political issues. The photographic series "Coexist" shows her global search for coexistence.

Coexist © Franziska Stünkel

Coexist © Franziska Stünkel

Coexist © Franziska Stünkel

Coexist © Franziska Stünkel

The exhibition "Coexist" can be seen at the Leica Galerie Düsseldorf in the KÖ Galerie (Königsallee 60) from 19 February to 30 April 2022, Mondays to Saturdays from 10:00 to 19:00. Admission is free, all images are available for purchase. To accompany the exhibition, Kehrer Verlag has published the illustrated book "Coexist", which shows 110 motifs. The photographs are accompanied by texts by various authors and academics who shed light on the concept of coexistence from their point of view.

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