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Frank Schaefer
*1966

Studying philosophy
in Freiburg und Stuttgart

2017 | Solo exhibition, Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei

29.4.-20.5.17

Spinnereistr. 7, 04179 Leipzig, Halle 14c

Tue-Fri: 11-18h / Sat: 10-16h

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Art conception

Frank Schaefer, born in Ludwigsburg in 1966, studies philosophy in Freiburg and Stuttgart.


Familiar with the phenomenology and existential philosophy of the 20th century, as well as with modern poetry from Rainer Maria Rilke to Paul Celan, Frank Schaefer follows an artistic concept which at first glance appears to be simply a poetic examination of the modern everyday reality.

At the same time, like the Canadian art photographer Jeff Wall, he also prefers the uniqueness of the composition of a single frame, which he favours in his work in series
or in groups of works. A second look, however, soon reveals how intensely Frank Schaefer’s works grapple with the image as a surface for mental projection as a carrier for culturally meaningful symbols. Even the choice of the subjects of his images is consistently influenced by confrontation with the question of how images “function” as works of art, how reality is “staged” in and with images and how images manage to generate “sense” and “meaning”.

If you read his texts, the “metaphysics” of his approach, it quickly becomes clear that we are dealing with a philosophically knowledgeable art photographer here, whose work is carried by the conviction that the “source code” for the idealisation and identification strategies which the modern individual uses to build the design of their self-image and world view can be found in the works of contemporary art. The desire to explore, in the medium of photography and with the means of aphorism, the importance of and relationship between the modern image and the modern subject is a recurring theme in this work.

Alongside presentation of the photographic works in solo exhibitions, Frank Schaefer also documents his art project in an illustrated book which appears annually as an updated version. The edition of the photographs is limited to three copies (3 prints + 1 AP) per image. The photographs are only exhibited and offered for sale in the format sizes indicated in the illustrated book. All excerpts are developed exclusively in collaboration with the Grieger photographic laboratory in Düsseldorf.

Frank Schaefer, born in Ludwigsburg in 1966, studies philosophy in Freiburg and Stuttgart.


Familiar with the phenomenology and existential philosophy of the 20th century, as well as with modern poetry from Rainer Maria Rilke to Paul Celan, Frank Schaefer follows an artistic concept which at first glance appears to be simply a poetic examination of the modern everyday reality.

At the same time, like the Canadian art photographer Jeff Wall, he also prefers the uniqueness of the composition of a single frame, which he favours in his work in series
or in groups of works. A second look, however, soon reveals how intensely Frank Schaefer’s works grapple with the image as a surface for mental projection as a carrier for culturally meaningful symbols. Even the choice of the subjects of his images is consistently influenced by confrontation with the question of how images “function” as works of art, how reality is “staged” in and with images and how images manage to generate “sense” and “meaning”.

If you read his texts, the “metaphysics” of his approach, it quickly becomes clear that we are dealing with a philosophically knowledgeable art photographer here, whose work is carried by the conviction that the “source code” for the idealisation and identification strategies which the modern individual uses to build the design of their self-image and world view can be found in the works of contemporary art. The desire to explore, in the medium of photography and with the means of aphorism, the importance of and relationship between the modern image and the modern subject is a recurring theme in this work.

Alongside presentation of the photographic works in solo exhibitions, Frank Schaefer also documents his art project in an illustrated book which appears annually as an updated version. The edition of the photographs is limited to three copies (3 prints + 1 AP) per image. The photographs are only exhibited and offered for sale in the format sizes indicated in the illustrated book. All excerpts are developed exclusively in collaboration with the Grieger photographic laboratory in Düsseldorf.

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A selection of the photographic work can be seen in the presentation
hall please contact Sabine Maschinsky for an appointment.
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