wolfgang zurborn

 

Works

 


untitled, Wolfsburg 2001, from "Drift"

 

Mitten im Westen

A Journey of Discovery in the Rhein-Sieg-Area, 2009

Dirk Gebhardt, Axel Thünker, Stefan Worring and Wolfgang Zurborn are creating an exciting image of the region between the rivers Rhein and Sieg near Cologne and Bonn. With different photographic perspectives they sensitize the viewer similarly to historical, social and cultural aspects in the middle of the west of Germany.
The book is published 2009 by Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne
ISBN: 978-3-462-03819-4

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China! Which China?

2006

In June 2006 I visited Beijing and Shanghai. The challenge of the encounter with the unfamiliar world was to transform the personal experience of the highly complex and interlaced parallel worlds of these "Megacities" into an individual picture language which should not keep the unknown in the realm of the exotic but which discovers the nearness in the strange.

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Drift

1999 - 2005

“Drift” is representing a way of seeing the fractured modern world in its overlapping images and contexts. I am interested in finding the sublime in the ridiculous condition of modern life with a Dadaist awareness of the found object. With a surrealist sense of humour I am creating a collision montage of juxtaposed, multi-layered images combined on a single picture plane. Disconnected from the purely functional sense our every-day surrounding appears in a much more sensual way.

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Amsterdam

Photographs with Nokia 6680 mobile phone, 2005

In may 2005 I had the possibility of exploring Amsterdam for the magazine "Blogga", using a mobile phone in order to make pictures. The scenery on the street being lively and chaotic at the same time intrigued me. I was amazed by the possibilities using such a tool being able to react that spontaneous and flexible. It resulted in a work, which leaves lots of space for subjective impressions, but at the same time it's telling something about the place where the picture has been taken.

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LUsionen

2004

The series "LUsionen" has been realised in the context of the exhibition project "5XLU". The art institution "Kunstverein Ludwigshafen" commissioned five artists to do an urban research into the industrial city of Ludwigshafen.

Ludwigshafen is a city without a historical tradition, existing since the chemical industry started there. In my photography I avoid to confirm this image as a city only defined by the industry, because I am more interested to show places in the public area, where people try to create their own small world, where you can see their desires and sometimes their failing.
It’s not possible for me to see the urban space without the imagery of mass culture, so I capture situations from every-day-life in my photographs that illustrate the interwoveness of the omnipresent icons of media with our real life.

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Terra Incognita

2002

In his exhibition "Terra Incognita" Wolfgang Zurborn tracks down the staging of
public places which are the setting of the “Stadttheater”, Bielefeld’s municipal
theatre and opera house.

Zurborn‘s compositions of harsh and sometimes glowing colours make us see
everyday life with different eyes. Details photographed from obliques angles
and paradoxical reflections of interiors and exteriors highlight the platforms of
public life. The curtain is up and we are guided onto the stage and behind the
backdrop, where the stage machinery of the city is only partially hidden from
view.
(by Peter V. Brinkemper)

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dressur real

1986-2000

In May 2001, the book dressur real with photographs from the past 14 years has been published by J. Strauss in Potsdam.

Images from the different bodies of work melt together in an almost film like
montage. Enriched with ironic breaks, they form a complex narration of
everyday scenes in a world full of media myths. Images of animals play an
important role in advertising. They serve our longing for an archaic experience
of nature, serving us with imitation of all different shapes, tamed to
consumable, bite-sized measures.

This act of dressage constitutes an allegory for perception within a maze of
simulations.The photographs of this book understand themselves as a
construction of reality and therefore also as a dressage of reality. The
artificiality of the light, the irritation of a fragmented view and the play with the
coincidence, when still images form out of a flow of overwhelming impressions,
stand up against a false sense of naturalness, which, with the growing loss of
real nature, is propagated even more by the advertising world.

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Bilder, die noch fehlten

Missing Pictures, 2000

curated by Gabriele Honnef-Harling and Prof. Klaus Honnef
"21 internationally known photographers, both from art and advertising backgrounds, hindsight a fresh view of people with disabilities in their exhibition 'Bilder, die noch fehlten'. They offered a never experienced way of looking at the individuality and dignity of a human being that is not 'disabled' by the stereotypes of perception, which dominate our collective picture memory".
(From the press text)

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Im Zentrum der Geschwindigkeit,

In the Middle of the Speed, 1994-1996

The building of the channel tunnel has been a symbol of the construction of Europe and the development of its territory. Key parts in this development are high-speed communication and traffic networks.

Over the past 10 years the Centre Regional de la Photographie Nord Pas-de-Calais commissioned 25 photographers to portray the multiple changes of the region in their very personal style. The true potential of the already realised books shows in the impressive list of previous participants who already took part in the project La Mission Photographique Transmanche: Josef Koudelka, Bernard Plossu, Olivo Barbieri, Martin Parr, Lewis Baltz, Bruce Gilden, Marilyn Bridges etc.

Wolfgang Zurborn approached the brief in an almost archaeological way. Similar to digging in sediments of cultural inheritance, he discovered substantial layers with his camera, which describe the actual subject "tunnel". But not only that, he also documented the far more complicated socio-historic connections and contradictions.
(Denis Brudna in PHOTONEWS 11/1996)

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Im Labyrinth der Zeichen

In the Labyrinth of Signs, 1991-1993

Fragments of the real every-day-worlds are combined to collages to make signs, materials, surfaces, colours and lines start playing their own game beyond the limitations of the single picture segment. The enigma's sense is that there is no solution offered.

Being animated by the visual appeal of the combination of pictures, the viewer is encouraged to read the collages, to complete the fragments by means of his/her own imagination and to compare the complex net of formal and contentual connections with his/her own modes of perception.

"What in these pictures is real and what fictious, what is natural and what is constructed?" This question on the one hand evokes a healthy, sceptical distance towards the authenticity of documentary photography, but on the other hand makes the recipient resistant against the suggestive effects of pictures that intend to overwhelm by only addressing themselves to emotions.

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Photo Walls Neumarkt

1987/2004

As one of the first photographic works in the public space in 1987 the "Fotowände Neumarkt" by Stefan Worring and Wolfgang Zurborn were installed in the subway station Neumarkt in Cologne.
Due to the renovation of the station 2004, which was necessary for raising the platforms, the original walls must be removed, but could be reconstructed as light boxes thanks to the conception of the architect Kay Trint.

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Menschenbilder - Bildermenschen

People Pictures – Picture People, 1986-93

In this project Wolfgang Zurborn examines the massive influence of imagery and sign language on public space; the semiotic symbiosis of signifier and human being as part of a social choreography. Menschenbilder means the flood of single impressions and overall perceptions at mass events that overwhelm us in their persistency and restrict our ability to act and perceive. Photographic discoveries amidst an accumulation of rites, ceremonies, cult and demonstration, in the heat of an election campaign, en route in procession or the street carnival, under a bright blue sky at an amusement park or at pop concerts.
(Peter V. Brinkemper in the catalogue of the Otto-Steinert Preis 1979-1998)

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Vorgarten der Illusionen

Front Garden of Illusions, 1981-1984

In the series Vorgarten der Illusionen I combined black&white photographs from amusement parcs in Germany with images from the Carnival in Cologne and parcs and front gardens in Dortmund and Castrop Rauxel.

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Overview:

Works

Slide show
overview of the photographic work

 

Works:

Mitten im Westen

China! Which China?

Drift

Amsterdam

LUsionen

Terra Incognita

dressur real

Missing Pictures

In the Middle of the Speed

In the Labyrinth of Signs

Photo Walls Neumarkt

People Pictures - Picture People

Front Garden of Illusions

 

Exhibitions:

list of all exhibitions

 


 

from: Mitten im Westen

 

 

 

from: China! Which China?

 

 

 

from: Drift

 

 

 

from: Amsterdam

 

 

 

from: LUsionen

 

 

 

from: Terra Incognita

 

 

 

from: dressur real

 

 

 

from: Missing Pictures

 

 

 

from: In the Middle of the Speed

 

 

 

from: In the Labyrinth of Signs

 

 

 

from: Photo Walls Neumarkt

 

 

 

from: People Pictures - Picture People

 

 

 

from: Front Garden of Illusions