• Ute Behrend
Zimmerpflanzen
Publisher:
  • Snoeck
Language: German, Englisch
Contributors: Christoph Ribbat & Kerstin Stremmel
Translation: Tim Connell
Specifications: Hardcover, stitched binding, dust jacket
Format: 18 x 26 cm, 120 pages, 98 images
Printer: Livonia Print, Riga
Copies: 750
printed in Latvia
ISBN: 978-3-936859-98-0
2008

Zimmerpflanzen

  • Ute Behrend

On the one hand, the common indoor plants can be found as tamed nature imported to the interior - cacti, palms, figs, rubber trees. They are complemented with portraits and still lifes, often with underlying situational comedy but also with horror. On the other hand, the impression soon emerges that these humans, too, are actually indoor plants - natural beings thrown into life, more or less well protected by thorns or thick skin. They can blossom, be well cared for or stand in a corner neglected and dried up. Behrend's compassion, which is linked to her astonishment about the strange lives we live, manifests itself in her unique perspective on everyday life. This special attitude enables Behrend to continually create new images and surprising combinations that unfold new perspectives on the world to the observer.

Barbara Engelbach

 

Ute Behrend's work always comes in pairs. That which one sees and that which it might actually mean: Behrend incorporates both in her pictures rather than disassembling them carefully. Through her precise choices of combinations, Ute Behrend becomes a trail-setter whose narrative turns into a key for the observer's imagination. On entering the pictorial space, the motifs of objects, places and people blend into carefully coded stories - the game of associations begins.

Christoph Ribbath

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