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Since ten years, the internationally acclaimed film director and photo artist Franziska Stünkel has been travelling with her Leica Camera through Asia, Africa, Europe, and America in search of natural reflections in shop windows, which, in their concentration, tell of the coexistence of human life. Charged with the utmost complexity, her photographs are the visualization of the similarities and contrasts that exist in our multifaceted, networked world. The artist completely dispenses with the digital post-processing of her photographs. The result is a multi-layered view of the highly topical question of coexistence in our present time.

Franziska Stünkel is a German artistic photographer and movie director. Following her studies in the film class and artistic photography class at the Kunsthochschule Kassel and the Hochschule für Bildende Kunst Hannover, she became a masterclass student under Prof. Uwe Schrader. Franziska Stünkel’s photographic works are exhibited in renowned galleries and exhibition venues and are represented in private and public collections. The Audi Art Award and the Berlin Hyp Kunstpreis have been among the distinctions for her works of photography. Her films have been shown in 19 countries and at more than 100 international film festivals and have received multiple prizes, including the Best New Director Award of Williamsburg Brooklyn Film Festival in New York and the Otto Sprenger Regiepreis. Both as director and screenwriter, Franziska Stünkel is currently realising the movie “Nahschuss”, starring Lars Eidinger, Devid Striesow and Luise Heyer. The movie is inspired by the life of Dr. Werner Teske, who was the last person to be executed in the former GDR, German Democratic Republic. The movie will be released in cinemas in 2020.

Franziska Stünkel examines sociopolitical issues in her movies. The photographic series Coexist depicts her globe-encompassing search for peaceful coexistence.

The book "Coexist" has been published by Kehrer Verlag to accompany the exhibition. It shows 110 motifs. The photographs are supplemented by texts by various authors and scientists who, from their point of view, shed light on the concept of coexistence.

Find out more at www.franziskastuenkel.com

Franziska Stünkel - Coexist

02/06/2020 - 09/27/2020

Leica Gallery Wetzlar

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