Germany – no easy homeland. Neither is it one for photographer Bastienne Schmidt who – resident in New York since 1988 – is taking a trip with her camera through the country of her birth. The award-winning artist is discovering a seemingly rejecting, severe and dark, sometimes bizarre, place, looking strange and at the same time familiar through her lens. The photographs, which have a great suggestive power, turn the completely ordinary into a seemingly strange and different world. With portraits that exude a certain distance, unusual perspectives and extraordinary details, Bastienne Schmidt holds up a mirror to the Germans and takes the viewer on a provocative journey through Germany’s past and present.
About the Artist
Bastienne Schmidt, born 1961 in Munich, Germany, studied in Athens, Munich and Perugia, lives in New York since 1988. She received numerous international awards including the World Press Photo Award.
About the Publisher
Founded in 1995 in Berlin, Jovis publishes titles in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, contemporary art, photography, and design. The publishing house strives to depict relevant debates and also to shape current discourse and provide it with new direction. Jovis focuses in particular on topics in urban studies, participatory city planning, city development, landscape theory, and historical preservation. Further interests include how architecture and art interact, as well as how to connect scholarly theories with plans of action through interdisciplinary approaches.