Included in German Biennale curated by David Campany, The Lives and Loves of Photographs: Walker Evans Revisited

Lisa Kereszi is included in the early 2020 Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie, curated by David Campany, titled The Lives and Loves of Photographs. The exhibition within the larger biennale is Walker Evans Revisited, and also includes work by Stephen Shore, Sherrie Levine, Justine Kurland and others.

“Within a period of ten years Lisa Kereszi undertook excursions into the world of part-time hedonism: she visited amusement parks, pubs, motels and nightclubs, haunted houses and strip clubs to critically explore the world of recreation, of escapism. All these buildings harbor desires and fantasies that threaten to fail if they are examined more closely in the mercilessly revealing light of day. In reality, these amusement institutions are in fact rapidly cobbled together, improvised places whose façades threaten to fade away the varnish and glamour of the night. Due to the absence of the corresponding audience, these otherwise dazzling places seem strangely sparse, but at the same time radiate a kind of visual poetry that Kereszi makes visible in her photographs. Like Walker Evans, Kereszi’s photography is a silent testimony to a culture that can be described as a side effect of the American Dream. Both Kereszi and Walker Evans seek beauty in the trivial in their photography. Both artists are united by the always latent, lyrical component that is revealed in their confrontation with folksy signage. Thus it is that in Kereszi’s work, as in Evans’, numerous photographs of hand-painted signs, murals, and inscriptions can be discerned.”
-David Campany

Kunsthalle Mannheim
Friedrichsplatz 4
Mannheim, Germany
open February 29 through April 26, 2020
(virtual tour due to closures coming soon)

Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie

Posted on 10 December 2019