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„Nachtgestalten“ (Figures of the Night) – Photographs by Maria Jauregui Ponte

HAUS am KLEISTPARK, to guest at Fotohaus ParisBerlin in Arles
7 Rue de la Roquette, 13200 Arles, France

3. – 9. July 2017, Vernissage on Wednesday, the 5th of July, 6:30pm.

© Fotohaus ParisBerlin, 2016


The exhibition venue known as HAUS am KLEISTPARK is one of the largest and most tradition-steeped, municipal galleries in Berlin. Here, contemporary artists living in Berlin are promoted and internationally important artistic positions are presented. The gallery’s director, Barbara Esch Marowski, places the main focus of the curatorial work on artistic photography. In the past few years artists such as Arwed Messmer (GER), Maria Sewcz (GER), Göran Gnaudschun and Anne Heinlein (GER), Jerry Berndt (F), Judy Linn (USA), Adriana Lestido (AR), as well as artists groups such as lux fotografen or the last master class students of Arno Fischer exhibited here.

This year, for the very first time, HAUS am KLEISTPARK will present itself at Fotohaus ParisBerlin during the Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles with the series Nachtgestalten (Figures of the Night) by the photographer Maria Jauregui Ponte.

In her series Nachtgestalten (2015-2016) Maria Jauregui Ponte paints with light and, thus, comes close to the very nature of the medium photography. The artist has tracked down lonely, nocturnal places in nature, she has followed the light beam of a torch as her only means of orientation and succumbed to the different atmospheres and moods. The resulting images offer a great magic which, in their power of abstraction, are similar to contemporary non-objective painting, leaving behind the objectual, representational character of photography to open up new worlds.

Maria Jauregui Ponte, *1972 in the basque Hondarribia, has lived  in Berlin since 1996. Studies at  Neue Schule für Fotografie. Exhibitions i.a. in Berlin, Cologne, Barcelona, San Sebastian. The artist conceives photography as a field of experimentation with various artistic means of expression. 

A catalogue with an introduction by Dr. Matthias Harder will be published on the occasion of the exhibition.