8 MARCH – 5 MAY 2018
FFO.KU.S will showcase a selection from the Horbach collection (Cologne) in the spring of 2018. Michael Horbach opened his atelier in the former Monika Sprüth/Rosemarie Trockel gallery and atelier complex in the Cologne Südstadt neighbourhood in 2011. He’s considered one of the most profiled collectors of contemporary photography in the German-speaking regions.
His passion leads him to tackling themes which one could, in the loosest sense possible, allocate to modern, contemporary ‘humanist photography’. Ultimately, Michael Horbach has a passion for mostly black and white pictures, photographic work which preserves the balance between formal and aesthetic excellence and which also delivers a humanistic message. In other words, those pictures which tackle the big questions as well as the everyday human doubts on our existence, which at the same time sweep viewers off their feet due to ‘larger-than-life and silent pictures’ (Norbert Bolz), as well as for the fact that they’re important, surprising and well-interpreted photographs.
THE MISSION OF PHOTOGRAPHY IS TO EXPLAIN MAN TO MAN AND EACH TO HIMSELF.
The FO.KU.S show will highlight photographic snapshots of Cuba and Latin America taken by photographers who were once described by exhibition organiser extraordinaire Erika Billeter as, ‘they don’t experiment, they truly see.’ 150 works by 24 artists will be showcased. Some of these include wellknown photographers such as Alberto Korda, Sebastião Salgado or Flor Garduño, but also younger artists, still unknown in Europe, like Juan Carlos Alom, Alfredo Sarabia or Raúl Cañibano Ercilla. The photographers are all connected because of their curiosity, a marked interest for social phenomena, an empathic view, and their own suggestive pictorial language. Beat Presser (Switzerland), Cristina García Rodero, Pep Bonet (Spain), Jan Grarup (Denmark) and Thomas Dorn (Germany) are just some of the European photographers who’ve decided to sharpen their focus on Latin America and Africa.
The Horbach collection resolutely declares, what with its direct, unmanipulated, rigorous photography, and photographs that question social interactions and the big contradictions of our modern times by bringing nature and its beauty and fragility to the forefront, that the world is out of kilter, but a fairer world is possible. The collection offers us a glimpse into the high carat collection and presents us a social commentary disguised as photographs, bearing witness of our humanity. The catalogue ‘sehnsucht – anhelo: Sammlung Michael Horbach’ (Kehrer Verlag, 2017) will be printed and available during the exhibition.
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