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Rob ≠ Chamber

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Rob ≠ Chamber (real name: Robert Crahmer) was born 1986 in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Saxony-Anhalt (East Germany) and is now living and working as a freelance photographer / media designer / engineer for media technology / artist based in Berlin. The themes he is inspired by are of sensual aesthetic across various mediums, however the fascination for pictures that are unconventional and extraordinary is always present. The current style is primarily shaped by personal experience, aswell as creative resistance against the Status Quo. 

The works often share a reoccuring ambivalence of contrasting emotions, ideas and symbols. Moreso a fascination with symptoms of suppressed psychological confrontation and a dramatization of the body can be found. With a subtle minimalist approach, the self-taught photographer creates intense personal moments created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer in circles. His work challenges the binaries we continually reconstruct between Self and Other, between our own ‘cannibal’ and ‘civilized’ selves.

Beyond still photography, he is pursuing to expand his visual practice by painting, installations, and computer generated images to further express himself and keep his everyday balance. His works have been published internationally in a diverse selection of magazines, as well as in the form of fine art prints in group exhibitions. Rob ≠ Chamber currently lives and works with pre-diagnosed untreated medium severe depression in Berlin hoping to start a therapy in 2021.

"Karo Yulunga" (Cancer Survivor – Tattoo Artist) shot by "Rob ≠ Chamber"
"Larissa Matheus" (Depression Survivor – Graphic Designer, Model, Photographer, Editor etc.) shot by "Rob ≠ Chamber"
"Steve Morell" (Cancer survivor – Musician, Model, Actor, Publisher etc.) shot by "Rob ≠ Chamber", Collage by "P. Vantrigt"
"Marta Raya" (Depression Survivor – Singer, Musician, Song-Writer) shot by "Rob ≠ Chamber"
"Leisa Prowd" & "Tsuki Berghain" (Artists, Choreographers, Perfomers, Models etc.) shot by "Rob ≠ Chamber"

ANDRES GOMEZ

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I´m Andrés, a Colombian photographer and creator stuck in Berlin since the corona pandemic and my work is born from one of the reasons which i'm in europe in the first time, and it's the lack of opportunities in a country like mine, some time ago because of economical crisis but in the recent year due to corrupt government who are looking for power in any means, and decide to close the doors to any person who´is opposed to their speech, in this case, war speech, a speech that has led a beautiful flourishing country into a nest of nightmare for everyone who is politically aware, and that is the representation of my photographs, is the representation of fear, fear to instability, fear to the dark future, fear to the things you can´t see. The series are a series of plant based elements used to create a new form of life through photography, a form that only exists in anxiety and fear, a form of life that doesn't exist but is very real in its manifestation. 

This image belongs to a series of thirteen images related to mental health, they were created during a period of personal struggle and represent the inner world as the view of the outside world due to the political instability and the return of powers in the shadows  in Colombia. 
This image belongs to a series of thirteen images related to mental health, they were created during a period of personal struggle and represent the inner world as the view of the outside world due to the political instability and the return of powers in the shadows  in Colombia. 
This image belongs to a series of thirteen images related to mental health, they were created during a period of personal struggle and represent the inner world as the view of the outside world due to the political instability and the return of powers in the shadows  in Colombia. 
This image belongs to a series of thirteen images related to mental health, they were created during a period of personal struggle and represent the inner world as the view of the outside world due to the political instability and the return of powers in the shadows  in Colombia. 
This image belongs to a series of thirteen images related to mental health, they were created during a period of personal struggle and represent the inner world as the view of the outside world due to the political instability and the return of powers in the shadows  in Colombia. 

Christina Heurig

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Mental illness is a topic I strongly relate to. I suffer from strong anxiety attacks, and five years ago, I had to struggle with strong depression. The depression was partly caused by external causes like a broken heart, traumatic family issues and a very unsafe living situation - but also my family has a long history of genetically being wired to feel depression, light to severe cases. My photography explores mainly the emotional and spiritual realm evolving from those sufferings. I use mediums like glas plates, magnifying glases, shadows and other distorting objects to show a reality that is distortet itself. My main goal is to engage the viewers in how it FEELS to be mentally ill and cause some empathy among this still existing TABU in society.

"The scream". (personal cartharsis, from the series "78 hours"). Sometimes, at 4.am in the night, the pain comes out. Mental illness most often means as well a huge amount of feeling pain. The same areas in the brain, that are stimulated while feeling physical pain through the nerve system, are activated and let the victim feel this strong amount of pressure. And so - we scream. Shot through a magnifying glas.
"The ache". (personal cartharsis, from the series "78 hours"). Sometimes, at 4.am in the night, the pain comes out. Mental illness most often means as well a huge amount of feeling pain. The same areas in the brain, that are stimulated while feeling physical pain through the nerve system, are activated and let the victim feel this strong amount of pressure. And so - we scream. Shot through a magnifying glas.
"Midnight changed everything, selfportrait". A combined photography showing what happens in the intimate time of night: I become my true self, like a werewolf evolving into the mentally ill person I am. I can roam free in my world of thoughts, cry and be sad... while at day I have to function somehow to disguise how I feel inside truly. Materials used: cotton, a dead squirrel and some moon shaped shades.
"redemption" (personal cartharsis, from the series "inside insight"). Mental illness most often means as well a huge amount of feeling pain. The same areas in the brain, that are stimulated while feeling physical pain through the nerve system, are activated and let the victim feel this strong amount of pressure. And so - we scream. Shot through a magnifying glas.
"the shock" (personal cartharsis, from the series "inside insight"). Experiments with a glass bowl to reveal psychological layers. Electrical shocks were used in the early stage of medicine to heal mental illness (the reflection through the glass bowl symbolizes it). Also, brain waves consist of electronic waves - that are causing the "disfunction" of the brainwork - combined with chemicals and the way connecting instances in the brain work. This images addresses the "electricity" connected to mental illness.

Christina

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Dancer/ Model: Christina Mertzani Photo: Nynke Brandsma
Dancer/ Model: Christina Mertzani Photo: Marios Theologis
Dancer/ Model: Christina Mertzani Photo: Wong Choi Si
Dancer/ Model: Christina Mertzani Photo: Katerina Martinou
Dancer/ Model: Christina Mertzani Photo: Marios Theologis
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Short CV

 

A choreographer, dancer and teacher, Christina Mertzani graduated from Athens State School of Dance in Greece, in 2004.

 

As a performer, Christina has worked with Johannes Wieland (Germany), Stella Zannou (Greece), Peter Vosperton (New Zealand), Kostandin Mixos (Greece),  Helder Seabra (Belgium), Kat Valastur (Germany), Apostolia Papadamaki (Greece) and among others, as well as performed choreographies by Wim Vandekeybus, Mark Morris and Martha Graham.

 

Christina has presented her creations Metamorfosis, Inside, Athenian house, Mix-up, Cube, Alternative Bodies, Stheno, Run Away, Minotaur, Beyond Illusion and video dance works Entanglement, Reborn Temptation and 60 Pulses in more than 30 countries around the world.

 

In the past 17 years, she has been teaching and choreographing around the world for different companies, universities, state theaters, festivals and studios for professional dancers. Some of the places she has collaborated are Sasha Waltz & Guests, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Beijing Dance Academy, Tainan University of Technology, b12 festival, one small step festival, Cie.toula limnaios, Marameo, Staatstheater Osnabrück, Landesbühnen Sachsen, Staatstheater Kassel, Staatstheater Heidelberg, Tanzbüro Basel, Staatstheater St. Gallen, Staatstheater Bern, Nachschub, HJS Profitraining Amsterdam, SOZO visions in motion, Landestheater Linz, Anton Bruckner University, Staatstheater Bielefeld, Staststheater Braunschweig, AKBANK Sanat Istanbul and many more.

 

She served as a faculty member of Anton Bruckner University in Linz, Austria for two years (2017-2018).

 

Christina co-directed for 9 years (2010-2018) the International Contemporary Dance Festival in Corfu, Greece, One Small Step.

Stefanie Schmid Rincon

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Since this Pandemic has taken over, and we need to stay home for health and safety matters. The work life of most has changed. Home office for some, or no official office at all for others (Freelancers or artists) Myself as a photographer who works mainly on Events and Performance Music photography and is used to travelling, the year is basically a big blur in these times. I have been traveling most of the past years, so I am enjoying staying at home and trying to make the best out of it. 

I live by myself and have been already in self-isolation for over 45 days. Facetiming with friends and family has been a daily routine, to not feel so lonely and virtual coffee dates has been a great way to catch up with friends. Somehow, like every creative person, my fingers are starting to burn and I thought I needed to start a new photo project without leaving my apartment in berlin, where I am quarantined. Empty streets it’s not for me, since I enjoy having people in front of my lens. That’s how I got to experiment with the idea of virtual photo sessions with Female musician artists, that as well as me, would be right now travelling or on tour.

 My purpose was, that it should look like it wasn’t shot virtually, my intention, was that it looks like I was directly there and in many cases  it worked very well, so I am very glad about this outcome. I would ask the artist to show me around their home and tell me where they would have their morning coffee , which their fav. Spot in the house is or if there is a specific place they want to be portrayed. Some played their instruments for me (which was nice – I got some private music sessions ) , we would talk for about an hour, catch up or get to know each other. Since this was all taken during real time quarantine, it was a nice way of distraction from both sides, and also a nice company and being creative together.

One of the challenges shooting via your phone is that you have no idea how the surroundings on the other side are, and that you limit yourself of this small box/screen. What was also very important was having the right internet connections. One some cases the connection was crisp clear and on others it was super low, we would have to hang up and call back , it was blurry or very pixeled. Also giving instructions for poses etc, was a training. Many of these artist I have worked with before and it could go  flawless and they also know how I work , so it was easier to give instructions. But shooting with people you have never met before in real life and they don’t know how you work as well was very interesting, and with some it was like we would know each other forever. 

For me as a freelance photographer I feel that hard times are coming upon, so I will try to stay as creative as possible, and would enjoy to keep on working in this project and keep on experimenting.

Quarantine Habitat with Noga Erez in Tel Aviv via Facetime, Virtual Photosession with musicians around the world.
Quarantine Habitat with Yael Shoshanna Cohen from Lola Marsh in Tel Aviv via Facetime, Virtual Photosession with musicians around the world.
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