Joachim Brohm
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Joachim Brohm

Ruhr Land­s­capes
©VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019 Foto: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln, Sabrina Walz
June 27, 2020 - September 27, 2020
Museum Ludwig
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The Mu­se­um Lud­wig is pre­sent­ing eleven works from the se­ries "Ruhr Land­s­capes" by Joachim Brohm (*1955), pho­to­graphed be­tween 1981 and 1983. In this ear­ly se­ries, Brohm al­ready shows his in­de­pen­dent pho­to­graph­ic po­si­tion, with which he opens up a new view of the re­gion be­yond the wide­spread stereo­typ­i­cal de­pic­tions of the Ruhr. Brohm, who studied vi­su­al com­mu­ni­ca­tions at the Folk­wangschule in Es­sen from 1977 to 1983, saw th­ese sub­jects as a doc­u­men­ta­tion of “the com­bi­na­tion of lei­sure of­fer­in­gs and the lei­sure in­dus­try.” He was in­spired by the new Amer­i­can doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­phy, which no longer de­pict­ed hero­ic ci­ties or sublime na­t­u­ral land­s­capes, but gas sta­tions, park­ing lots, sub­ur­ban neigh­bor­hoods, mo­tels, and busi­ness parks in a na­t­u­ral land­s­cape changed by hu­man be­in­gs.

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