Andrzej Steinbach

Andrzej Steinbach, born 1983 in Czarnków (Poland), lives and works in Berlin. 2015 graduated as Meisterschüler (postgraduate studies for artists) with Prof. Heidi Specker at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig (HGB). Winner of, among others, the "Bundespreis für Kunststudierende" 2017, the "Sächsisches Landesstipendium für Meisterschüler" 2016 and the "Wüstenrot Stiftung Dokumentarfotografie Förderpreis 11". Represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Collection of Contemporary Art of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Folkwang Museum Essen and the Fotomuseum Winterthur, among others. Exhibitions at MoMA, Kunsthalle Wien, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Centre for Contemporary Photography (Melbourne) and Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, among others. 



Figur II, from the Series Untitled (Figur I, II)

2015, Extract from 184 Fine Art Prints, each 90 x 60 cm, Ed. 2 /5 + 2 AP


The five-part series Figure II shows the process of a disguise. A young woman wraps a black cloth around her head. In the last photo, only her eyes are visible. The reason for the disguise cannot be inferred from what the photographs show. As individual as this serial portrait seems to be, it seems universal and typological in the apparently sober documentation of the sequence of actions. What does a photograph show - and what does it conceal or hide? Who is this "figure," what is the figure doing, and what conclusions do we draw as viewers ? Are the hooded and the unshrouded person facets of the same identity or does one of the states show something "actual" that could be called "real"? Steinbach's serial photographs leave all these questions open and thus refer to the relationship between subject and (social) context, individual and society.