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Könnte Sein
Katja Stuke

Könnte Sein Katja Stuke

Könnte Sein Katja StukeKönnte Sein
Katja Stuke
Kodoji Press
English, German

Text by Katja Stuke and Christoph Hochhäusler.


96 pages
227 x 295 mm
ISBN 9783037470077


Katja Stuke films people on the street, mainly from behind or in the act of rushing past — absorbed in thoughts they are captured on film. The looks of the portrayed, however, reveal a peculiar moment of concentration just as if they were aware of the possibility to encounter others and to escape urban isolation. The majority of the portrayed, whose specific looks, gestures and postures Katja Stuke carefully chose, are modern self-conscious women who simultaneously reflect a fugitive moment of pride. In her book, Könnte Sein, Stuke arranges a selection of these real moments next to scenes from films and video games. The combination of real and fictional screen- shots blurs not only the boundaries between reality and fiction but also the distinction between photography and film. The prominent bar code on the cover recalls the central theme of the 96-page book: categorisation and surveillance. The sometimes surprising, sometimes complementary arrangement of the approximately 80 colour photographs is accompanied by a collection of writings by Katja Stuke herself and by a text by German film director and author Christoph Hochhäusler.

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.

About the Publisher 
Kodoji Press is an independent publishing project focused on young contemporary art and photography, based in Baden, Switzerland. Kodoji Press is defined by an artist-centric perspective and offers a communicative platform for non-commercial projects by artists whose work responds to the complexities of contemporary society and culture.

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