Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff (*1988 in Minneapolis, *1987 in Buffalo, live and work in Berlin) use photography as their focal instrument for artistic research to explore spatial, economic, structural, and personal change in the context of today’s realities. As both foil and complement to their work as photographers, Henkel and Pitegoff also work with performance, theater and the creation of social spaces, such as New Theater or Grüner Salon at Volksbühne in Berlin.
For the Triennial of Photography in Hamburg, black & white and color photographs of actors, performers and musicians who Henkel and Pitegoff have worked with closely form an ensemble of portraits that recall headshots. Multiplied and grouped, the images are swept into different narrative tides, operating as trading cards within fictive collections. The groupings of images pull at the tangle of performance and self, at questions of labor, ownership of image, identity, and the collective narrative in the face of the individual body. While the portraits in the exhibition were still perceptible separately from one another, in the edition for the Kunstverein, the artists connected the actors even more closely to each other. By collaging excerpts from the portraits, Henkel and Pitegoff condense the individual persons and identities into a fragmentary whole.
- [SHIFT] - On Personal Change, Paradigm Shifts and Alternation, Kunstverein in Hamburg (S)
- Produktion Made in Germany Drei, Sprengel Museum, Hannover (G)
- 9th Berlin Biennale, Akademie der Künste in, Berlin (G)
Schinkel Klause, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin (S)
ars viva-Preis 2016, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig (G)
- New Theater: Selected Plays, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (S)