Private View: Photography by Sandra Ratkovic

  • 30 August 2018
  • By Social Club member

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Merseyside and Brexit“ is an artistic photography project about the metropolitan county Merseyside (including Liverpool, St Helens, Wigan, New Brighton) in North West England.
Main elements: Portraits of people from the working class in North England and the question whether they voted to stay or to leave the EU (Brexit).
The photos were taken spontaneously. The models were aware of the camera, but the photos were not staged/directed by the photographer.

„Merseyside and Brexit“ plays with cliches and expectations of the observer. The question whether the people on the photographs have voted for Brexit or not will only be
answered at the very end of the photography exhibition. The observers are asked to guess whether the person on the image has voted for Brexit or not. Eventually, the observers will find out if their judgement was right, and will be confronted with their expectations and maybe even prejudices.

Can you see it in his/her face who of these people voted for Brexit?
Would you have guessed?

Why Merseyside:
Merseyside (around the river Mersey) is a county in North West England, including Liverpool, St Helens, Wigan, Birkenhead, New Brighton, Southport, Kirkby etc. There, we find big cities, smaller cities, towns, villages and even the coast. Thus, it offers a wide range of different lifestyles. It is also a traditional “Labour”- constituency.

Sandra Ratkovic (*1980, Frankfurt/Main) is a photographer from Berlin, with a Master’s degree in Art History (University of Frankfurt/Main, 2002-2007) and a photography education at imago Fotokunst Berlin (Class of Ursula Kelm (2013)). She focuses on free artistic documentary photography and is interested in capturing everyday activities to tell stories of different places and different cultural norms. Sandra Ratkovic just published a photo book about Moscow (monograph, Hatje Cantz publishing company) including an introductory note about her work by Wladimir Kaminer.

Her solo exhibitions include Kunstverein Neckar-Odenwald (2018), Atelier Alen, Munich (2016, 2017), Wigan Arts Festival (UK, 2017) supported by Arts Council England, Good Transfer photo-book gallery, Munich (2017).
Group exhibitions (selection): Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens (Greece) (2017), Not und Spiele, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin (2017), Art Book Fair, Berlin Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart (2017), transition, PS Mirabel, Manchester (UK) (2016), Photographs illustrate poems, 25. Anniversary of the Haus für Poesie (Literaturwerkstatt), Berlin, (2016), London Art Fair (repr. by Atelier Alen) (2016), Hotel Bogota, Brotfabrik, Berlin (2015).
Sandra Ratkovic’s photography projects are published in international media, such as Spiegel, Zeit, Welt, Taz, Deutsche Welle Russia, Lomography, Deutschlandradio, Kaltblut Magazine, Kwerfeldein Fotomagazin, Fotohits, Black Iris Journal, fluter, Canada LExpress, Tagesanzeiger Switzerland and many more.
Her photos are in public and private collections, such as Tradegate Exchange GmbH, Leo Kuelbs Collection and H. Hahn photobook collection.
Earlier photos were taken in Moscow, Russia in the summer of 2015. After having explored abandoned Russian sites in and around Berlin such as former military airports, schools, or barracks, and taking part in Russian cultural events as part of a photo documentary project in Germany for many years, the wish to explore Russian culture and society more closely grew deeper. And so did the urge to connect the past and the “passed” of the abandoned Russian sites around Berlin with the living present of Russian people and society today. The outcome was a 2-week-long photography excursion to Russia, trying to find traces of the military, patriotic and folkloristic elements that I found in the Russian sites of the past in Germany. And to picture today´s everyday life in Russia. To bring past and present together and to see if they still fit. Some of the images might seem absurd to us, others touching or even disturbing. Some might make us smile. This photo series wants to offer a neutral look at how Russian culture of the middle/early end of the 20th century can still be found in Russian every day life today, and how it is melting into new influences and elements.

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  • Date
    30 August 2018
  • Location

    Meraner Str. 10, 10825 Berlin, Germany
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  • Kind of event
    Art & Culture