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Opening / Jessica Backhaus: The Nature Of Things

September 13 @ 18:00 - October 12 @ 19:00

September 13 @ 18:00 October 12 @ 19:00

Jessica Backhaus
The Nature Of Things
exhibition of works

opening: Friday September 13 at 6pm
through Saturday October 12

+ workshop Reading between the lines on Sat 14 + Sun 15 September

photo above: Window, 2021

It’s about the little things and details which I think tell a lot about a bigger picture. You can sometimes read so much more between the lines.
– Jessica Backhaus

Though she is widely praised for finding the beauty in the banal, the real strength of Jessica Backhaus’s work lies in its deep and sensuous exploration of memory, identity and personal destiny. Her photographs peel back the layers of ordinary details and materials — whether found in everyday life or arranged in a studio — to reveal the symbols from which we construct our innermost sense of self. This can happen within a deceptively simple abstract interplay of color, shape and shadow; or can emerge within the textures and composition of a naturally occurring scene. Backhaus typically begins with her own perceptions, personal history and intuition, and arrives at a vision that transcends herself.

The openness of her image-making process lends an openness to her images that allows the viewer to explore the pictures on various levels — as narrative space, as a reflection of the self, or simply as an aesthetic revery – in all cases they feel rooted in an evolving search for what lies unseen just beneath the surface of an image, and of life itself.
Micamera will present a selection of works from The Nature Of Things, a series realised over the last few years, bearing the same title as the extensive exhibition presented at the Haus am Kleistpark Museum in Berlin in 2023.

Mistery, 2021 and Garden, 2022

All books by Jessica Backhaus will be available at the bookstore, and we will launch Plein Soleil, the book recently released by Kehrer Verlag. A few copies of the sold-out zine ‘Indications of the sea’ released by dumas-salchli will also be available.
The artist will attend the opening reception and sign the copies of her books

During the weekend (September 15-16), Jessica Backhaus will be at Micamera for the workshop Reading between the lines, with a maximum of 13 participants.
Find out the details here

photo by Ilaria Turba

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 ten 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), Plein Soleil (2024). She has also released Far Away But Close (2019) with Another Place Press and Indications of the sea with dumas-salchli (2024).

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).