Christiane Feser

Christiane Feser

In the truest sense of the word, Christiane Feser has identified new facets to the question of what we actually see in a photograph. At first glance, her series Latente Konstrukte shows repetitive, multi-faceted geometric structures that repeat in grid-like manner; rectangles and triangles that partially bulge out in relief, but on the whole remain contained within a rhythmic surface pattern. These works are based on paper models the artist alters through bending and folding and then photographs, whereupon she reworks the photographs in plastic manner, re-photographs them, and so on. Only the original respective photograph has been taken digitally; all further alterations are made to the prints. The method, literally multi-layered and complex, is not immediately clear in the finished work. The first thing one notice’s is the closure of the composition, the severity of which recalls works by El Lissitzky and Piet Mondrian. What initially seems like the photograph of an arrangement of real objects is, however, as can soon be seen, a careful “construction” that required up to five steps to fabricate.While the systematically constructed “errors” are readily apparent to the naked eye, in the case of Feser’s work a trained eye is required, i.e. of the exact technique of the lighting and corresponding shadows, to understand the “breaks” that make a true unity of the black squares, joined together in partial relief, impossible.Her images are not abstract, but rather portray something that represents abstraction, recalling certain works of abstract art. But nothing is being represented here — because while something built in reality forms the departure point, it never existed in that form; what we see only “exists” in the picture.For her models, Christiane Feser also glues strips of paper together that she then introduces into a paradoxical, Mobius Strip-like process. The artist herself speaks of the “stacked time” in her images. But the stacks are glued together in a way that approaches error and cannot be taken away again independently of one another. Much like the holes and cracks in Kertész’s photographic plate that have become an inseparable part of the motif, even more levels are inextricably connected in Christiane Feser’s pictures — creating a labyrinth in which only those who can follow many threads simultaneously can find their way.

Guest presentation by Christiane Feser at the DFA Winter Meeting.

03. – 04. December 2022

Gain exclusive insight into the studio practice of Christiane Feser.

Video: Angela Schmitt-Gläser, filme+mehr

03.06.2021  – 03.07.2021
Dazwischen, ein Echo
Galerie Anita Beckers
Braubachstraße 9
60311 Frankfurt

11.10.2019  – 31.12.2019
Bauhaus.Lines Part 4
Neue Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Häselburg
Burgstraße 12
07545 Gera

22.05.2019 – 11.08.2019
Christiane Feser – Relative Varianten
Opelvillen Rüsselsheim
Ludwig-Dörfler-Allee 9
65428 Rüsselsheim

22.02.2019 – 25.05.2019
Nullpunkt der Orientierung. Fotografie als Verortung im Raum
Art Foyer DZ-Bank
Platz der Republik
60325 Frankfurt am Main

16.06.2018 – 16.07.2018
Works by Christiane Feser, Igor Simic and Annegret Soltau will be presented in the exhibition Un-Mensch-Antastbar, curated by Ulrike Lehmann.
Aliseo Art Projects
Leutkirchstraße 63
77723 Gengenbach

Exhibition at Galerie Anita Beckers
Vernissage on 13.06.2018, 7 – 9 pm
Duration of exhibition: 14.06.2018 – 28.07.2018

27.02.2018 – 27.05.2018
Cut! Paper Play in Contemporary Photography
J. Paul Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1679

15.02.2018 – 04.04.2018
Goethe Institut Paris
17 avenue d’Iéna
75116 Paris

08.02.2018, 19.30
Book signing together with Peter Bialobrzeski
Buchhandlung Walther König
Hasengasse 5-7
60311 Frankfurt

02.09.2017 – 15.09.2017
Christiane Feser
Neuer Kunstverein Gießen
Ecke Licher Str./Nahrungsberg
35394 Gießen

27.02.2018 – 27.05.2018
Cut! Paper Play in Contemporary Photography
J. Paul Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1679








Christiane Feser – PARTITIONEN
153 pages, 80 images
Texts by Mark Durant and Steffen Siegel
Design: Pixelgarten, Frankfurt am Main
ISBN: 9783960700159
Published by Hartmann Projects












Christiane Feser – QUASIMOMENTE
56 Pages
German / English
ISBN-10: 3981832825
ISBN-13: 978-3981832822
Published by: Trademark Publishing




Christiane Feser – SIGMA
64 Pages
German / English
ISBN-10: 394231116X
ISBN-13: 978-3942311168
Published by: Bruno dorn Verlag




122 Pages
German / English
ISBN-10: 3942405997
ISBN-13: 978-3942405997
Published by: Distanz Verlag




Christiane Feser – ARBEITEN / WORKS
German / English
127 Pages
Text by Prof. Dr. Christian Janecke
ISBN-10: 3940748501
ISBN-13: 978-3940748508
Published by: Verlag für moderne Kunst
Photographic works by Christiane Feser
Art & Museum Magazine, Summer 2018 (pg. 26)

Christiane Feser in Frankfurt
Das Bild wird erst durch Schichten schön
FAZ by Christoph Schütte, 28.06.2018

The Getty Museum Presents „Cut! Paper Play in Contemporary Photographs“
Fine Books Magazine, 02.02.2018

The 9 Stands to visit at Paris Photo 2017
FAD, by Mark Westall

Nos coups de cœur à Paris Photo 2017
AD Magazine France