Berlin-based photographer Sven Marquardt, also known as a bouncer of the famous techno club Berghain in Berlin, presents his photographs for the first time in Lebanon. The exhibition and installation at the D Beirut warehouse in Karantina will run until Sunday, March 18. So Hurry up…
Sven Marquardt’s portraits – in black and white – document former East Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg scene and the Berlin techno scene of the 1980s onwards. The exhibition, called “Rudel” show large-scale photos, along with the audiovisual installation called “Black Box”.
“Rudel” is an exhibition that consists of large-scale portraits, which combine formal severity and clear imagery with bleak impermanence. They impress through interaction of ease, severity and the dramatic art of monochrome contrasting. The ever-changing metropolis of Berlin has shaped Marquardt’s sensibility for striking characters, his sense for the unusual in humanity and his artistic subject.
“Black Box” is an audiovisual installation, which combines Sven Marquardt’s black-and-white portraits with the rough, dark and intense techno sound of Marcel Dettmann, a German producer and DJ of the techno club Berghain. The two artists met for the first time at the legendary Ostgut club in the late 1990s but it was only in 2014 that they decided to combine their artistic talents and created Black Box.
Sven Marquardt started his photographic career in the beginning of the 1980s as a part of the emerging Punk, New Wave and Art scene in the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood of East-Berlin. After the fall of the Berlin Wall he immersed himself in the city’s rising night club scene. Soon he became an iconic face not at least through his work as a bouncer of the famous techno club Berghain.
Around the exhibition and installation several events will take place that throw further light upon the cultural landscape of modern Berlin.
The event is a joint project of Goethe-Institut Libanon and The Grand Factory.