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Jessica Backhaus

Jessica Backhaus, foto di Ilaria Turba

"Le nostre esperienze e le nostre emozioni sono essenziali nelle nostre riflessioni. Il mio lavoro è molto intuitivo, va di pari passo con le mie emozioni e i miei sentimenti. Ti esprimi perché non puoi fare altrimenti. Per creare devi anche tener conto della tua vulnerabilità, della necessità di essere aperto. Credo che l'indefinitezza dell'ignoto conferisca al mio lavoro un aspetto lirico, poetico. Si tratta di piccole cose, dettagli che, a mio avviso, raccontano molto del contesto più ampio. A volte si può leggere molto di più tra le righe."

‐ Jessica Backhaus

Jessica Backhaus was born in Cuxhaven, Germany in 1970 and grew up in an artistic family. At the age of sixteen, she moved to Paris, where she later studied photography and visual communications. Here, in 1992, she met Gisèle Freund, who became her mentor. In 1995 her passion for photography drew her to New York, where she assisted photographers, pursued her own projects and lived until 2009.

Jessica Backhaus is regarded as one of the most distinguished voices in contemporary photography in Germany today. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the Kunsthalle in Erfurt, the National Portrait Gallery in London, and Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. Her photographs are in many prominent art collections including Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Germany, ING Art Collection, Belgium, Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA and the Margulies Collection, Miami, USA.

She has published nine books with Kehrer Verlag: Jesus and the Cherries (2005), What Still Remains (2008), One Day in November (2008, dedicated to Gisèle Freund), I Wanted to See the World (2010), ONE DAY – Ten Photographers (2010), Once, Still and Forever (2012), Six Degrees of Freedom (2015), A Trilogy (2017), Cut Outs (2021). She recently released Far Away But Close (2019) with Another Place Press.

In addition, Jessica Backhaus’ work is also included in: Women Photographers. From Julia Margaret Cameron to Cindy Sherman by Boris Friedewald (Prestel, 2014) and The Photographers’ Sketchbooks by Stephen McLaren and Bryan Formhals (Thames & Hudson, 2014).

From Oct. 19 to Dec. 17, 2023, she is exhibiting the major exhibition “The Nature of Things” at Haus am Kleistpark in Berlin, which will feature more than 80 works including many previously unseen, focusing on the intertwining of reality and abstraction in everyday life.

Works

New-Horizon-2017
dimensioni: 30x42 cm
Mixed Media Collage, pezzo unico,
pubblicata in A Trilogy
(Kehrer, 2017)
Forward-2016
dimensioni: 30x42 cm
Mixed Media Collage, pezzo unico
pubblicata in A Trilogy
(Kehrer, 2017)
SC_shifting_clouds_2017
dimensioni: 40x60 cm
Archival Pigment Print, edizione di 5 + 2PA,
pubblicata in A Trilogy
(Kehrer, 2017)
SDF_believing_2014-1024x680-1
dimensione: 85x127 cm
C-print, edizione di 5 + 2 PA
pubblicata in Six Degrees of Freedom
(Kehrer, 2015)
SDF_unfolding_2015-682x1024-1
dimensione: 85x127 cm
C-print, edizione di 5 + 2 AP's
pubblicata in
Six Degrees of Freedom
(Kehrer, 2015)
SC_l_only_2017
dimensioni: 40x60 cm
C-print, edizione di 5 + 2 AP's
pubblicata in A Trilogy
(Kehrer, 2017)
OSF_drawing_2009
dimensioni: 122x81,4 cm
C-print, edizione di 5 + 2 AP's
pubblicata in Once, Still and Forever
(Kehrer, 2013)
SDF_finding_peace_2014-1024x682-1
dimensioni: 85×127 cm
C-Print, edizione di 5 + 2 AP’s
pubblicata in Six Degrees of Freedom
(Kehrer, 2015)
Alte-Liebe
dimensioni: 40×60 cm
C-Print, edizione di 5 + 2 AP’s
pubblicata in
Six Degrees of Freedom
(Kehrer, 2015)
ODN_spring_2005
dimensioni: 21×28 cm
C-Print, edizione di 15 + 2AP
pubblicata in One Day in November
(Kehrer, 2008)
ODN_greenpoint
dimensioni: 21×28 cm
C-Print, edizione di 15 + 2AP pubblicata in One Day in November
(Kehrer, 2008)