Marc Räder

b 1966 Bochum. Lives and works in Berlin.

ARTIST STATEMENT

  • Almost four years before the publication of this book I became more and more aware of the suburban worlds outside the kaleidoskopic city life of the Bay Area. A scholarship took me to this side of the US, kept me well fed and busy at school (CCAC, Oakland). Leaving the Bay Area one day by car, I was quite amazed how the golden Californian hills along the highway got suddenly covered with absolute order. Some kind of residential development spread here with a vast number of houses and an adjacent super-mall – all out of the same mould. Did it fall from the sky? Cows peacefully grazed upon the remaining farmland. This place had a name and I visited “Oakhill” a couple of times with my camera until I had to return to Germany.The encounter with this suburban habitat stayed in my head nevertheless. Especially since I started to realise that a similar kind of attitude shaped new settlements, malls and business-parks around Berlin, along the highways of northern France, on the island Mallorca – basically wherever new areas are developed – built with prefabricated elements, the spirit of profit and no sense of culture and history.  In 1996 I decided to take a closer look at this phenomenon and returned for three months to California. My travels in this “future laboratory” took me from the Bay Area and its surroundings towards the megalopolis of Los Angeles, to the desert gardens in San Bernardino County and back. Almost everywhere I came, private residential developments popped out of the ground, neatly separated after a families financial income and aspired status. Along rolled a flood of tv commercials, newspaper ads and huge billboards, whispering promises about a better life. 

    Neighbourhood Watch signs, alien-offensive street designs, strict parking regulations, walls, video monitoring, gates and guards… or may be just the sterile atmospheres of the recent Californian lebensraum made me feel like a stranger, a spy or a secret agent. If there was a chance for access I had the option to pretend to be a new community aspirant, a polite white german photographer – doing a project about the future of architecture – or I was just a silent shadow who set up his camera to assemble his picture of a very constructed landscape.  

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Vita

  • Education
  • 1988 - 1997 Communication Design - Folkwangschool - Essen - DE
  • 1993 - 1994 Fulbright Scholarship - California College of the Arts - Oakland - US
  • Solo Exhibitions
  • 2012 
  • Californication - TZR Galerie - Düsseldorf - DE
  • 2010 
  • Mallorca - Island in Progress - TZR Galerie - Düsseldorf - DE
  • 2009 
  • Californication - Galerie MøllerWitt - Århus - DK 
  • 2008 
  • Californication - Galerie Berinson - Berlin - DE
  • Scanscape - Galerie Parrotta - Berlin - DE
  • Scanscape - Galerie Parrotta - Stuttgart - DE
  • Hansaviertel - COMA Project Space - Berlin - DE 
  • 2004 
  • Scanscape - Galerie Berinson - Berlin - DE
  • 2003 
  • Mallorca – Island in Progress - Alte Feuerwache - Mannheim - DE
  • 2002 
  • New Photographs - Galleri Wilson - Kopenhagen - DK
  • Scanscape - Kunstverein - Bochum - DE
  • 1999 
  • Scanscape - Galerie RAS - Barcelona - ES
  • 1997 
  • Scanscape - Bauhaus - Dessau - DE
  • Group Exhibitions (Selected)
  • 2019 
  • Kolga Tbilisi Photo - Tbilisi - GE
  • 2018 
  • Juleudstilling - Galerie MøllerWitt - Århus - DK
  • Transformation by Enter Art Foundation - Bunker K101 - Cologne - DE
  • Ballet Berlin - Bar Babette - Berlin - DE
  • 2017 
  • Schlaglichter. Sammlungsgeschichte(n) - Kunstmuseum Dieselkraftwerk - Cottbus - DE
  • 2016 
  • Architecture of Embrasure - Octopus Multiple Space - Berlin - DE
  • 2014 
  • Hors d’œuvre - The Secondary Concern - tête - Berlin - DE
  • 2013 
  • Between Reality and Utopia - Esbjerg Museum - Esbjerg - DK
  • Camera Obscur - Kunstraum Düsseldorf - Düsseldorf - DE
  • 2012 
  • Art of Photography - San Diego Art Institute - San Diego - USA
  • Out of Focus - Musee Photo - Vevey - CH
  • 2011 
  • Forever Forrest - Galerie MøllerWitt - Århus - DK 
  • 2010 
  • West Arch - Ludwig Forum - Aachen - DE
  • Paperfile #6 - oqbo - Berlin - DE
  • Fröhliche Gesellschaft - Galerie Parrotta - Stuttgart - DE
  • 2009 
  • Mediterranean The Forgotten Bar - Galerie im Regierungsviertel - Berlin - DE
  • Los Angeles / Berlin ARTHAUS2009 - Dogtown Station - Venice Beach - USA
  • 2008 
  • Mediterranean The Mediterranean - Hellenic Centre for Photography - Athens - GR 
  • Angelandet - Die Sammlung im Neuen Haus - Kunstmuseum Dieselkraftwerk - Cottbus - DE 
  • Il Premio Internacional de Fotográfia Contemporánea Pilar Citoler - Córdoba - ES
  • 2007 
  • The Tourist’s Tale - Kunsthalle Århus - Århus - DK
  • Back from Dallas - Galerie Lichtblick - Cologne - DE
  • READY FOR TAKE-OFF. 7 - Bienal Internacional de Arquitetura - São Paulo - BR 
  • Contemporary German Photography - The Gallery at UTA - Arlington - USA
  • Mad Love - Arken Museum - Copenhagen - DK
  • Odd Spaces - Galerie MøllerWitt - Århus - DK
  • Niveaualarm - Kunstraum Innsbruck - Innsbruck - AT
  • My Vision - Zephyr Raum für Fotografie - Mannheim - DE
  • 2005 
  • Was Wäre, Wenn... - Galerie für Zeitgen. Kunst - Leipzig - DE 
  • Gezähmte Natur - Kunstmuseum Cottbus - Cottbus - DE
  • 2004 
  • Mediterranean: Between Reality and Utopia - The Photographers’ Gallery - London - UK
  • China Pingyao International Photography Festival - Pingyao - Shanxi - CN
  • EX / IN - Galería Maeght - Barcelona - ES
  • EX / IN - Fotohof Salzburg - Salzburg - DE
  • Tchouc, Tchouc… - Château d’Eau - Toulouse - FR
  • Awards & Grants
  • 2007 Nominee - Pilar Citoler Photography Award - Córdoba - ES 
  • 2000 Scholarship for Contemporary German Photography - Folkwang Museum - Essen - DE 
  • Publications
  • 2007 Monograph Mallorca - Island in Progress - Nazraeli Press
  • Residencies
  • 2018 Vitamin D Artist Residency - Rijeka - CR
  • 2011 Lucas Artist Residency - Montalvo Arts Center - California - USA
  • Collections
  • The Museum of Modern Art - New York - USA
  • Hallmark Photographic Collection - Kansas City - USA
  • Sammlung Landesbank - Baden-Württemberg DE
  • Brandenburgische Kunstsammlung - Cottbus - DE
  • Davis Museum - Wellesley - USA
  • JGS - New York - USA
  • Carlsberg Foundation - Copenhagen - DK
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art - Kansas City - USA
  • Sammlung Klein - Eberdingen-Nussdorf - DE

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