Annette Kelm
Fosun Foundation, Shanghai, China | 7.9.–18.10.2018
Annette Kelm’s work spans still-lifes, portraits, architectural photography, and images of mass produced design. Her images are presented in a deadpan manner. The carefully positioned objects she photographs are presented in close proximity to the viewer and with little clue as to what circumstances the image was taken. Restrained and sober on the one hand, her works are densely allusive, ambiguous and poetic. Her work focuses on how objects and people exist in the world. On one level her works present objects in a sober and restrained fashion, drawing on art historical genres. On another level her formal pictorial language with its use of neutral light and seemingly objective view is made more complex by strategies such as adding props that are produce surreal juxtapositions in sculptural arrangements. Another strategy she uses is to present a supposedly neutral background that is so pictorial that it becomes part of the foreground. The scenes portrayed in Kelm’s works feature objects from everyday life presented in a way that suggest a multiplicity of narratives and relationships between different elements in each work.


Annette Kelm (born 1975, Stuttgart) lives and works in Berlin. She is recognized as one of the most important contemporary artists using photography from Europe and has recently received the Camera Austria-Prize. Highly celebrated in Europe her work is in museum collections that include Tate Modern, Museum of Modern Art New York, Centre Georges Pompidou and the Guggenheim.