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Natural Appearance by Maria Jauregui Ponte and Aitor Ortiz

In the upcoming exhibition "Natural Appearance" by Maria Jauregui Ponte and Aitor Ortiz, Galerie Springer Berlin presents two series that were created independently of each other but are dedicated to the same theme, the appearance of nature. They have both captured the visible and the invisible in different ways with the help of photography.

Maria Jauregui Ponte Hase 01, copyright Maria Jauregui Ponte, courtesy Galerie Springer Berlin

Aitor Ortiz, ESTORNINOS 010, copyright Aitor Ortiz, courtesy Galerie Springer Berlin

Maria Jauregui Ponte

In the series "Where Fox and Hare", which Maria Jauregui Ponte has been working on since 2018, the gallery shows images from a small town in Mecklenburg. The cycle is about wild animals that share their living space with humans. During the day, they live in seclusion and at a distance with the people. As soon as it gets dark and the inhabitants have retreated into their houses, the wildlife reclaims the terrain. Maria Jauregui Ponte makes this reconquest visible with the help of a wildlife camera. During the day, the artist uses the camera to search for the traces left by the animals at night; in an environment characterised by industrial agriculture that only appears to represent nature.


About Maria Jauregui Ponte:
Maria Jauregui Ponte, born in 1972 in Hondarribia, Basque Country, has lived and worked in Berlin since 1996. She came to photography as a self-taught photographer, deepening her skills through internships and assistantships before studying at the Neue Schule für Fotografie, from which she graduated in 2012. Ponte sees photography as an experimental field that offers her a variety of expressive possibilities. The tension between chance and control is part of her approach. Since 2000, she has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Germany and other European countries; including a solo exhibition at the Haus am Kleistpark and the Fotohaus ParisBerlin, the Rencontres d'Arles 2017 and in a group exhibition at the Opelvillen, Rüsselsheim.

Maria Jauregui Ponte, Fuchs 03

copyright Maria Jauregui Ponte, courtesy Galerie Springer Berlin

Maria Jauregui Ponte, Reh 15

copyright Maria Jauregui Ponte, courtesy Galerie Springer Berlin

Aitor Ortiz

Ortiz photographs the fascinating formations of starling flocks on the Basque Atlantic coast. Isolated from their natural background, they form dark patches on blank canvases. These structures or clusters are coordinated by hundreds or thousands of creatures together. They form an agile, unpredictable choreography in which the individual disappears. Aitor Ortiz captures this natural wonder with his camera and alienates it with technical finesse.


About Aitor Ortiz:
Born in Bilbao in 1971, he is considered one of the best-known Spanish photographers. He has had group and solo exhibitions in numerous major museums in Europe, Asia and America. Major solo exhibitions include: Museo Universidad de Navarra (2018), Fotografiska Stockholm (2012), Sala Canal de Isabel II, Madrid (2012), Museo Guggenheim, Bilbao (2011). Published by Hatje Cantz in 2011, this book is an important monograph on his work, for which he has received critical acclaim and numerous awards. His work is represented in many different collections, including: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Fundación La Caixa, AXA. Belgium, IVAM. Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Norman Foster Collection and many others.

Aitor Ortiz, ESTORNINOS 003

copyright Aitor Ortiz, courtesy Galerie Springer Berlin

Aitor Ortiz, ESTORNINOS 008

copyright Aitor Ortiz, courtesy Galerie Springer Berlin

Photo © Galerie Springer Berlin

Galerie Springer Berlin
Fasanenstr. 13, 10623 Berlin

Maria Jauregui Ponte + Aitor OrtizNatural Appearance

Vernissage:​ October 16, 2021, 12.00 18.00

​October 19, 2021 January 29, 2022

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