'Don't Eat My Mother & Other Stories' - Berlin through the eyes of Heinz Sobiecki, Photospace Gallery 24th September - 15th October 2016
Don’t Eat My Mother & Other Stories
Including: “Hug Me” trees, one man bunkers, a lonesome clown, a Kiwi and other olympic heroes, reminders on the pavements and artworks on “Devil’s Mountain.”
Heinz Sobiecki’s latest exhibition give us a fascinating insight into modern day Berlin, a vibrant cosmopolitan city rich with history, culture and creativity.
This curiously-titled exhibition is Heinz Sobiecki's 11th at Photospace Gallery since 2003, around when he retired from the world of commercial and fashion photography and began showing his personal work. Heinz came to New Zealand from Germany in 1955 and set himself up as a photographer. Throughout his career he managed to shoot photos for himself, and his earlier exhibitions here have been from that long period of work. He is still photographing actively in his 70s and has visited Berlin four times. The photographs in this exhibition are from his most recent trip there in 2015, and all of the prints are one-offs, hand-made in his own darkroom.
As to the name of the exhibition - I don't yet know what that's about. I guess it'll become apparent when we install the show, but you'll have to come to the gallery to find the answer.
Heinz's website is currently being updated - www.heinzsobiecki.com
People congregate on beaches when they have leisure and clement weather. Looking at these photographs suggests that when they do so it is in common with others from a similar social group. As examples, the elderly people on the beach in Menton who have the beach to themselves because school is back and the extended families who mix together on the supplemented sand at Morcambe in Lancashire.
Another beach where sand is shipped in, Oriental Bay proves a mecca on a hot summer day and provides an opportunity for younger people to ‘talent spot’.
There is no sand in the Lustgarten in front of the Altes Museum in Berlin. Here the people appear to be families and in common with disparate groups including the cyclists in the Lake District on August Bank Holiday they are taking advantage of what is at hand.
Five teenagers warily test the waters in the late afternoon at Douglas in the Isle of Man while on the other side of the Island at the fishing port of Peel, members of a family group each do their own thing.
On the Wellington Coast at Worser Bay the young yachtsmen and their supporters have a definite purpose as do the young eco-searchers at Island Bay.
Alan Wylde - artist info
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