Böhm Kobayashi


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[…] as behind Böhm/Kobayashi lurk the duo Katja Stuke and Oliver Sieber, who together cover an extensive range of personas: photographers and artists, curators and exhibition organizers, designers and art book editors. Yet as they move through their photographic cosmos, it is not always so easy to determine where one identity ends and the other begins. Regardless, in their works and activities as artists and art facilitators they have long since become moderators of a very specific photographic culture. […]

The artists have long since turned this label […] into a stage for the duo’s diverse activities, such as the Böhm TradeCenter, a virtual,online exhibition space (boehmkobayashi.de/tradecenter/archiv.html). For two years, under the provocative title of Antifoto (antifoto.de/) the two have been presenting […] aspects of a photographic technique that is characterized by a unique, media-reflected stance.

[…] Katja Stuke and Oliver Sieber have become international traveling salesmen in the field of photography, who feel more at home on the road than they do in their atelier in Düsseldorf. Like no other German artists of their generation, they have portrayed the everyday culture of Japan in their works or turned the mythic locations
of film into a subject of photography. With their works – which illustrate to what a tremendous extent the “poor media” of popular culture shape our imaginations – they have turned the Museum für Photographie into “their house”, as the exhibition’s title indicates. Not least of all, they reveal the many faces and the ever migrating image forms and presentation methods of photography as a medium.
(Bulletin 21. 2011. Our House, Museum für Photographie, Braunschweig. Florian Ebner)

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