Exhibition: Open-ended photography, 2021
Robert Morat Galerie | Berlin
List of works in order of appearance:
Installation View, Nota (2021), 2021
Faksimile, 2013, inkjet print, 110 x 145 cm
An interview with Dayna Ash, 2021
Installation View, Close up, Nota (2021)
In the work of Juliane Tübke, the artist explores a printing technique of epigraphy that uses a specific type of paper to mechanically copy stone inscriptions. However, the stones that Tübke uses for her impressions do not carry ancient writings to be deciphered. Instead, it is the physical contact of stone and paper that is the moment of writing, where the surface of the stone leaves traces on the paper. In Tübke’s words, the stone acts as a “co-creator of the final image”. In the end, it is the history of the material itself that is transmitted, despite its spatial and temporal distance from the viewers. (Exhibition Text/ Open-ended photography)
The basis for the installation Nota (2021) are three black reliefs made from impressions that the artist took of the ground. In 2018, Juliane Tübke participated in a three-month-long artist residency at Haven for Artists in Beirut (Lebanon).
The NGO, also called “Haven”, was for her as well as for many other artists – especially those from Beirut’s queer community – an important working and networking site. Over the course of the residency, Tübke worked in the courtyard of Haven, where, using specialized paper, she made impressions of the ground. She then collaborated with the Lebanese design company Colortek to transfer these prints to a new material.
Since her residency, it has been exactly three years. In these three years, the city, and with it Haven for Artists, has undergone various transformations. For Nota (2021), Tübke reconnected with some of the people she had met during her time there. Among other things, she conducted a voice-message-based interview with Dayna Ash, the artist and activist who founded Haven in 2010. The conversations Tübke conducted function as an updating of the 2018 work.