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Volker Schrank

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Volker Schrank

Volker Schrank (b. 1965) is a German photographer who lives and works in Stuttgart, Germany. He became well-known for his collection Stars of Truth, which portrayed Germany's major television newscasters in a new artistic way. In his work, Schrank devotes himself to the photographic exploration of myths.

Volker Schrank

Biography

Volker Schrank (b. 1965) is a German photographer who lives and works in Stuttgart, Germany.

He became well-known for his collection Stars of Truth, which portrayed Germany's major television newscasters in a new artistic way. In his work, Schrank devotes himself to the photographic exploration of myths.

In 1999, he won the Award of the Federation of Independent Photo Designers. In 2000, he received a scholarship from the Art Foundation Baden-Württemberg.

He is represented by bildkultur, in Stuttgart, Germany. 

Portfolio Stammtische

A table in a tavern or inn: the top is made of solid wood or veneer; it's easy-to-clean formica almost worn off. We rarely find a tablecloth covering it and flowers are practically non-existent. Sometimes there are pictures or photographs of long-forgotten guests or barkeepers on the walls behind the table, but often also antlers, pitchers or other devotional objects. In a sense, it is a table like any other. If there wasn’t that little sign Stammtisch [round table / regulars table] – an ash tray, a pennon, or a cast-iron sign, marking the table and its surrounding chairs and benches as a special territory, access only for certain persons.

But What is a Stammtisch? We all think we know. According to linguistic research, the German-speaking countries all associate identical elements of meaning. Some of the terms that are mentioned spontaneously are men, beer, and outspokenness – trust and sociability. In Stammtisch, Schrank has found an elegant and indirect manner to illustrate the rituals of societal discourse.

Portfolio Die 68er

The figure “68“ denotes a decade of uprising. Youth rebelled not only in Germany, but across Europe, strongly opposing the existing power structures of the time, the education systems, the engrained cultural practices. The dissatisfaction of a whole generation was fed by highly different motives: 1968 had many faces. Volker Schrank presents people in his new portrait series, who shaped those years and were themselves profoundly formed by them – whatever may have happened to their lives afterwards.

Publications

Publications: 

2013 Stammtische, Deutscher Kunstverlag

2009 Stars der Wahrheit, bildkultur edition

2006 Heldenplätze, av-edition

2005 Gesammelte Helden, edition braus

Exhibitions: 

2010 Museum auf Abruf, Vienna, Austria

2009 Hall of Fame Museum, New York, USA

2007 Filmmuseum, Lodz, Poland

2006 Museum für Kommunikation, Berlin, Germany

2005 Martin Gropiusbau, Berlin, Germany