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Sean Penn, Nova Scotia, 1999 © BRYAN ADAMS

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Exhibition: 19 Feb – 20 May 2017

Sun 19 Feb 15:00

WERKHALLEN | OBERMANN | BURKHARD

Hauptstr. 121
53424 Remagen

+49 -(0)175/4106606


www.werkhallen.net

by appointment

EXPOSED
Lindsay Lohan, New York, 2007 © BRYAN ADAMS

BRYAN ADAMS
"Exposed"


Ausstellung: 19. Februar bis 20. Mai 2017
Eröffnung: Sonntag, 19. Februar, 15 Uhr

Einführung: Anke Degenhard / Crossover

BRYAN ADAMS. EXPOSED

World-famous of course in his own right as a musician and composer, Bryan Adams has established a formidable reputation for himself over the past decade as a photographer of international repute. His meteoric rise in the world of photography is owed above all to his rare talent for capturing a timeless elegance and subtle depths in his images that is as visually enticing as it is thought-provoking. His oeuvre to date has garnered prestigious awards and captured the imagination of gallery-goers around the world.

The works selected for this exhibition focus on his portraits of famous personalities from the worlds of entertainment, fashion and the arts. Perhaps the best known of all Adams’ photographs, they are also amongst the most captivating. Conveying the ever changing moods and trends associated with fame in our modern world, they reveal an openness between the photographer and each of his subjects – always with an ironic awareness that the photograph is a staged event and an event of self-staging. They speak to us of beauty and desire, but also of world-weariness and rebellion. The palpable sense of trust is perhaps only made possible by the fellow star and friend behind the camera. The resulting works are highly intimate and intensely enjoyable studies with plenty to say about the nature of both celebrity and humanity.

BRYAN ADAMS. WOUNDED

The Legacy of War by Bryan Adams seeks to capture the unique spirit and resolve of British servicemen and women who have suffered life-changing injury in Iraq, Afghanistan or during training. The images show not only what has been lost but also, in them, what has remained. Despite the appalling injuries of these individuals, life goes on. The photographs set out to spark questions; How did this person survive? What does this injury mean for them and their family? What does the future hold? Was it worth it?

The soldiers and marines also tell their stories of deployment and life on the frontline, of cheating death but enduring crippling injury, of rehabilitation and a reconstructed life beyond. Their portraits are proud, they show inspiring individuals who have stood the test of war and lived to tell the tale with broken bodies but with their spirits intact and undiminished. Now they face a different test. Now life is about living differently, about adapting and overcoming and finding a mettle that most in a lifetime do not know.

The images are also a testament to the loved ones of these injured personnel. Injuries are lifechanging for families too. This depiction of lives hopes to challenge perceptions and shape a better understanding of the legacy of modern conflict.

Anke Degenhard, Curator

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HM The Queen, Buckingham Palace, 2008 © BRYAN ADAMS

"Der direkte, kollegiale Zugang zu vielen bekannten Persönlichkeiten aus der Musik-, Film- und Kunstszene zeichnet die Porträts von Bryan Adams aus und macht sie zu höchst intimen, intensiven Studien, von denen viele bereits Ikonen-Status erlangt haben" – so schreibt Sir Elton John im Vorwort zur Publikation "Bryan Adams – Exposed", die im Steidl Verlag erschienen ist.

Adams Aufnahmen spielen mit den Klischees der Darstellung von Celebrities in der Öffentlichkeit – manche zeigen die Stars in ironisch-humorvollen Situationen, andere in intimen Momenten. Immer jedoch zeugen Adams Fotografien von einem tiefen Interesse an den Menschen. Dabei beherrscht er sowohl das Handwerk der klassischen Studioaufnahme als auch die Ästhetik des Snapshots.

Das künstlerische Interesse von Bryan Adams beschränkt sich nicht nur auf die glamouröse Welt des Showbusiness. In seiner jüngsten Serie, die einen besonderen Stellenwert in seinem Oeuvre einnimmt, widmet er sich britischen Soldaten, die von Auslandeinsätzen in Afghanistan oder Irak versehrt heimgekehrt sind. Diese direkten, provokativen Fotografien strahlen mal eine optimistische, humorvolle, mitunter aber auch eine verstörende Stimmung aus. Adams gelingt es in diesen Porträts eindrücklich, den Stolz, den Humor und die große Willens- und Lebenskraft dieser Menschen festzuhalten. Die Werkgruppe zeigt das bittere Erbe des Krieges und ist gleichzeitig Bekenntnis zum Frieden.

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Marine Joe Townsend, London, 2011 © BRYAN ADAMS
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Danny Trejo, Los Angeles 2011 © BRYAN ADAMS