Ulrike Ottinger - Photo Exhibition


Ulrike Ottinger - Photo Exhibition
11 April to 10 May 2013
Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza
cor. Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati City
 +632 8405723 to 24
program@manila.goethe.org

The exhibition is featuring the exemplary works of Ulrike Ottinger, one of the most self-willed German filmmakers of international stature that has transcended the edge of diverse art disciplines – from being a photographer to a film-maker. Ottinger’s photographic works vary from surreal theatrical scenes to ethnological depiction, her creative phases reflecting the clash between documentary and staged photography that best characterizes her work. The exhibition is accompanied by her latest film “Under Snow” (2011) set in Echigo, Japan, which portrays a snow-covered world in remarkable contrast to the Philippines’s lush tropical scenery

Ulrike Ottinger does not pretend to deliver a neutral image. Her subjective view and the focus of her camera are distinct in these photographs. The juxtaposition of fright and beauty, lust for life and mental abyss are present in all of the works.
While her large-format photographs often correspond to her film works, they still have their very own visual accents, focusing on China and Mongolia, places which Ottinger visited frequently. In the center of her images are the outlandish, the offbeat and the grotesque. The construction of images is often arranged very precisely yet maintaining the power to trigger fear and joy at the same time.

Organized by the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with the “Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen” this exhibition has been on tour around the world since 2012 as a part of the exhibition series “film.kunst”. The exhibition has been featured in Mexico, Belgrade, Ankara, Istanbul, Helsinki, Brussels, Madrid, Tel Aviv, and Vietnam amongst others.

Her films as well as her photographic works have been shown in numerous retrospectives and exhibitions, including at the Venice Biennale (1980), the Cinémathèque française, Paris (1980, 1982), the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2000, 2004) and at the Kunst-Werke Berlin (2001).

Yuchengco Museum is located at RCBC Plaza, corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues in Makati. Museum hours are from Monday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (632) 889-1234 or visit www.yuchengcomuseum.org.
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