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Ilka Kramer

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Ilka Kramer

Ilka Kramer

Biography

Ilka Kramer was born in Germany, in 1969, after studying visual communication at the 'FH Dortmund', she became a free lance photographer in fashion, journalism and portraits for catalogues and magazines. From 2003 - 2013 she lived in the south of France, where nature and children inspired her personnel projects. Since 2013 she lives in Switzerland and continues to produce projects about the relation between man and nature.

Portfolio Behind the House

This series shows children in their approach to nature according to their imagination and their fascination of fairytales. Behind the house, far away from the life of adults, the garden, the fields and the forest become an immense land to explore. The murky spot under the fig tree, the tree house in a poplar, the tunnel under the brambles may all lead to a secret garden. Where time stands still, children get lost in the stories they tell themselves, and they confront nature in all its beauty and generosity, but also its hostly and constant change. It is from observing the childrens' games and rituals, and from her own memories of childhood that Ilka Kramer builds images of the relationship with nature, which man reinvents differently throughout life.

Publications

Exhibitions: 

2015 family/family, galerie du chateau d'eau, Toulouse, France

2014 Nature(s), La(b) galerie Artyfact, Paris, France

2013 FDLB, contemporary art space Rieffel, Avignon, France

2013 made in Arles, galerie le magasin de jouets, Arles, France

2012 selected for the prix voies off, Arles, France