Events | Janet Sternburg

Berlin | November 5, 2016 | 6:00 PM

Book launch with Janet Sternburg

Overspilling World

Together with Distanz, Villa Aurora is happy to host the book launch of “Overspilling World” by Janet Sternburg who lives and works in Los Angeles and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Kimberly Marteau Emerson will introduce the audience to Janet’s work and Alexandra von Stosch will be hosting an artist talk after the welcome by Uta Grosenick (Distanz) and Markus Klimmer (Villa Aurora).

Seeing Is a Living Thing

Can a still photograph embody living perception? Can it contain its abundance? Can photography, not a time-based medium, render ongoing flow? Can it do justice to an overspilling world? To these questions, Janet Sternburg (b. Boston, 1943; lives and works in Los Angeles and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico), a writer and philosopher as well as a photographer, says yes. Her work proves that photography can render the perceptual movement that is our experience. Working without any optical or digital manipulation and with the simplest of means – disposable and early iPhone cameras – she brings together the manifest aspects of the world on a single plane, portraying a vision of interpenetrating and layered time and space. Often shooting through windows, she uses reflection not to mirror but rather to blur conventional separations between inside and outside, solid and fluid, subject and object. These are images of consciousness – its fluidity and porosity as opposed to the delimitations that structure reasoned thought – fused with everyday life.

“Overspilling World” is Janet Sternburg’s first monograph. With texts by Sternburg, art historian Pepe Karmel, photographer Catherine Opie, curator Alexandra von Stosch, and filmmaker-photographer Wim Wenders.

Together with Distanz Verlag

In English language

Followed by a book signing

Doors open 5.30 PM

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Location: Lapidarium, Hallesches Ufer 78, 10963 Berlin

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