Jem Southam takes photographs of the gradual urbanisation of village life in England

Jem Southam 2016

Saturday 01 October 2016 - 18:00 to Thursday 26 January 2017 - 18:00
Tieranatomisches Theater Berlin


With the expansion of cities and industrialised agriculture, humankind is leaving ever more indelible signs of its existence on the planet's surface – the anthropocene, the age of man has long begun. The exhibition Longing for Landscape – Photography in the Anthropocene features contemporary photographs of landscapes that reflect upon the changes to our habitats and their perception.

Here the artist’s respective approach to their work plays a key role: Olaf Otto Becker patrols the coast of Greenland in an inflatable dinghy in order to document the landscapes altered by climate change. Jem Southam takes photographs of the gradual urbanisation of village life in England, that is increasingly characterised by the decline of traditional agriculture and the advent of chemical farming. John Volynchook travels through the UK on his bicycle and records in his photographs the contested landscapes under threat from fracking. Milo Newman on the other hand creates archaic pictures of rocky coastlines in England that seem to elude the changes that are caused by human activity. The photographer appears as a researcher, whose photographs contribute to a body of knowledge which is made accessible through photographic evidence and which has a documentary-like character.


Olaf Otto Becker, Marcelo Fiuza, Constanze Flamme, Bernhard Fuchs, Lois Hechenblaikner, Sanna Kannisto, Milo Newman, Hans-Christian Schink, Jem Southam und John Volynchook

Opening - 1 October 2016, 6pm

  • Artist Talk (in German), 7pm: 'Photography and Political Landscapes. Olaf Otto Becker in conversation with Michael Diers
  • Guided tour with the curators through the exhibition 'Longing for Landscape – Photography in the Anthropocene' (in German)

Artist Talk (in English) - 26 October 2016, 7pm

'Relating to Landscape - Hans-Christian Schink in conversation with Dr. Olga Smith'

The question of relating to landscape, through ethical, emotional and intellectual engagement on behalf of the artist, will be the focus of this talk. This question will be explored with reference to the photographic series “Verkehrsprojekte Deutsche Einheit” (1995-2003) by Hans-Christian Schink presented in the exhibition. 

Olga Smith writes and lectures on contemporary art and photography. She is currently based at the Humboldt-University Berlin where she holds a postdoctoral fellowship. Trained as an art historian at the University of Cambridge, she has previously worked at the Tate Gallery London. Her current research projects include representations of landscape in photography from the 1980s to the present.

Venue: Tieranatomisches Theater Berlin, Philippstr. 12/13, 10115 Berlin

Tickets: no ticketing

Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 2pm – 6pm