MALTE BRANDENBURG

Malte Brandenburg’s series STACKED focuses on post-war housing estates in Berlin, capturing them in images characterized by a minimalist, symmetrical aesthetics.

Usually indistinguishable from the urban landscape which they are part of, these tower blocks are rarely accentuated for their architectural qualities, but have rather come to be associated with economic and social burdens, in spite of initially being built to provide modern and affordable housing for middle class families.

By isolating the buildings from their surroundings and presenting them from a frontal perspective, Brandenburg shifts emphasis from their social to their formal aspects and individuality. The resulting images, with their linear focus and interplay of colour and surface are reminiscent of the modern, formalist painting of the mid 20th Century.

The name of the series refers to the particular mode of living offered by the tower block, in which people live ”stacked” above and below one another. At first sight the flat, uniform facades of these buildings do not betray much about the lives unfolding within. However, upon closer scrutiny irregularities of the surfaces emerge in the form of satellite dishes, flower boxes and differently coloured blinds, carrying small fragments of information about the inhabitants.

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Malte Brandenburg is born in Berlin and lives and works in Copenhagen. His work has previously been shown in Berlin, Lisbon, Katowice, Istanbul and at the Copenhagen Photo Festival.

Lea Jessen’s ability to present colorful and vibrant observations of space and surface and her attention to small, yet remarkable details is fully present in her work. With their focus on clean lines and abstract color planes, these anonymous architectural fragments take on a minimalist aesthetic, making them reminiscent of the concrete art of the 1940’s and 50’s. In The Gallery is presenting both Lea’s architectural spaces and her work of dreamlike holiday settings with their magical light, spaces and surfaces.

Lise Johansson won Photographer of the Year in the International Color Award last year, and the achievement is well constituted in her work with its subtle tones and refined use of color and light. Lise is presenting the work Absence, originally made for an exhibition at Hofteatret, as a self-staged portrait. Most recently Lise has developed a new series under the title Resort which explores leisure spaces and how the boundaries between public and the private spaces are interwoven.

We look forward to welcoming you to In The Gallery.