MARION-ERMER-PRIZE TO ESPERANZA SPIERLING
We are pleased to inform you the photographer Esperanza SPIERLING will receive the Marion-Ermer-Prize for Young Art 2004. The exhibition of the prize winners will be shown from the 26th of November until 9th of January 2005 at Neues Museum Weimar.
»The photographer Esperanza Spierlings can throughout be called as abstract. In two meanings. First her purist formality results from the distance of the pictured subject and behaves as an abstract composition of spaces. On the other hand the main thought is dedicated to the question if emptiness or apparently no present content can become an image. Whether it is possible that photography will function in the essence of minimalisation and at the same time will become effective as an empty space filled with imagination.
For years she works extremely hard to occupy an area in the field that was solely reserved for painting. As this would be the consequence she developed her works from analysing the order of public interiors to further reduced pictured architectural ensembles. Spierling artistic idols, the painters Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko, followed the same clear and immediate logic. What she offers is: to give a temple to imagination, to the own ideal or remembrance. A space for realization that protects the unspeakable and the indescribable against the common presented. She wants a free area, the empty space that needs to protected.
A pattern is the picture of an empty museum. Unoccupied exhibit rooms that she photographs again and again. Those ?drawn? hallways and that strange light appeals to the spectator to gain her spirit. Its not the subjects, its rather the idea of her existence that Spierling tries to win room that way.
Within those photography?s she wants to keep the freedom to be uncertain. She shows the pause of breath between two exhibitions. Finally within the picture this short moment of freedom of space is extended eternally.
Spierling does not have a message. Also the common contextual link within the picture art will not be found. She doesn?t need this finger pointing beyond the pictures that makes it ?bigger? than it actually is. In the opposite: the spectator is not directed, he is invited. That is binding. That is smart.
It is not placed into the viewpoint, but to release it from permanent occupation is peaceful and rebellious at the same time.«
Esperanza Spierling, born 1971 in Murcia (Spain) at first was studying arts and spanish language. Than she was studying photography under supervision of Prof. Vladimir Spacek in Mainz, Prof. Jochen Hiltmann in Hamburg and Prof. Timm Rautert in Leipzig.
09.10.04 OPENING RECEPTION OF THE EXHIBITION BY ESPERANZA SPIERLING
Saturday, the 21'st of August 2004 at 6 p.m. we will open the exhibition by the photographer ESPERANZA SPIERLING. The exhibition will be shown until the 17'th of October at maerzgalerie Leipzig.
We are pleased to invite you and your friends to the opening reception.
With kind regards