EXTREME. SELF – RAY Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain 2018

May 26 to August 19, 2018

In the exhibition EXTREME. SELF, three artists deal with aspects of the perception of the self that are as personal as they are imaginative. “Selfie” by Aneta Grzeszykowska (* 1974 PL) has only the name in common with mobile phone self-portraits. She creates a portrait of herself from many individual parts and mixes physicality, sensuality and autoerotism with black humor. Precisely shaped body parts are combined, arranged and photographed as in natural science collections. By using pigskin, they look deceptively real on closer inspection. This is disturbing and attractive at the same time.

Another approach followed Laís Pontes (* 1981 BR / US). She questions the aspect of identity formation and makes use of social media. She photographed Born Nowhere in various roles and put these pictures on a Facebook page for discussion. Online, each portrait received a vita from the collected comments of the Facebook users. Based on this, four characters in “Born Now Here” have been further developed by being entrusted to selected Facebook members as Alter Ego.

The work of Isabelle Wenzel (* 1982 DE / NL) is located entirely in the real world. Her photographs are the result of an acrobatic performance in front of the camera. It positions itself in unusual, seemingly impossible postures in strangely unspectacular locations. In the self-timer photo, her body becomes a sculpture in space, her own personality recedes into the background, the face remains hidden. For the exhibition, she has specially taken new pictures in Darmstadt for the field studies, which will be shown for the first time.

An exhibition of the Kunstforum der TU Darmstadt in cooperation with Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie and RAY Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain.

Fr., 2018/05/25, 7 p.m.

Exhibition opening in the exhibition hall of the Kunstforum der TU Darmstadt in the old main building, Hochschulstraße 1. 2nd floor. Dr. speak. Manfred Efinger (Chancellor of the TU Darmstadt), Dr. Ing. Helmut Müller (Managing Director of the Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain), Julia Reichelt, M.A. (Curator of the Kunstforum der TU Darmstadt) and Alexandra Lechner (curator of the RAY curator team Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie).

Th., 2018/06/07, 6 p.m.

Public tour with Alexander Lechner, at the same time an introduction for teachers.

Tu., 2018/06/12, 7:30 p.m.

Film Screening “The Skin I Live in” (2011) by Pedro Almodóvar in cooperation with the Student Film Circle at TU Darmstadt e.V. Meeting point in karo 5. Before that Short tour with Alexandra Lechner.

We., 2018/06/20, 6 p.m.

Public tour with Julia Reichelt.

Su., 2018/07/08, 6 p.m.

Public tour with Julia Reichelt.

Sa., 2018/07/28, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Workshop in cooperation with the photogenic Academy. “Pictures tell stories” with René Reiter.

Sa., 2018/08/04, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Workshop in cooperation with the photogenic Academy. “Technology and Fundamentals of Photography” with Uwe Statz, registration and details at www.fotogena-akademie.de.

Th., 2018/08/09, 6 p.m.

Public tour with Celina Lunsford, RAY curator.

Sa., 2018/08/11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Su., 2018/08/12, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Workshop for teenagers and young adults up to age 25 “Who am I?” With Jan Ehlers. Registration at .

Su., 2018/08/19, 5 p.m.

Finissage with suggested impulse, afterwards Apéritif.