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Citizen’s Handbook
Oliver Sieber and Katja Stuke

Citizen's Handbook, Oliver Sieber and Katja Stuke

Citizen's Handbook, Oliver Sieber and Katja StukeCitizen’s Handbook
Oliver Sieber and Katja Stuke

Text by Martin Sokol.


80 pages
210 x 165 mm
ISBN  3932187369


In her videostills of everyday scenes in public spaces Katja Stuke isolates fleeting moments from their contexts and suspends them, unanchored, in front of an audience. The images, which have the harsh and distant quality of surveillance camera footage, have an uncanny feel to them. They are paired with Olivier Sieber’s portraits of residents in both a high rise apartment block in Berlin and a housing estate in Düsseldorf. The photographs together address the unstable line between public and private, interior and exterior, and intimate and anonymous life in an urban setting.

About the Artist
Katja Stuke (b. 1968) is a German artist. She lives and works in Düsseldorf. Together with Oliver Sieber she covers an extensive range of personas: photographers and artists, curators and exhibition organisers, designers and art book editors. Yet as they move through their photographic cosmos, it is not always so easy to determine where one identity ends and the other begins. Regardless, in their works and activities as artists and art facilitators they have long since become moderators of a very specific photographic culture.

Oliver Sieber (b. 1966) studied photography in Bielefeld and Düssseldorf. Since 1999 he has worked with Katja Stuke on BöhmKobayashi projects.

About the Publisher
Markus Schaden was born in 1965 and lives and works in Cologne, Germany. He has been a bookseller since 1985 and, in 1998, he opened the photobook store in Cologne. In 1995, he founded the Schaden publishing house, which publishes limited photography editions and special releases.

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