The exhibition “Andreas Rost – Racing Standstill” is the first comprehensive presentation of the work of Andreas Rost (*1966 Weimar) with works from a total of seven photographic cycles. Having grown up in the GDR and trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig as a student of Arno Fischer and Evelyn Richter, the fall of the wall marked the beginning of his sustained work as a photographer. He was previously active in the GDR’s civil rights movement and sat on the Leipzig Round Table for the New Forum. He was actively involved as a squatter in the first hour of the Tacheles.
His biography unfolds and branches out internationally, as he works worldwide as a curator, lecturer and author. He traveled the world and spent two years in Algiers. The photographs from three trips to Afghanistan will be presented simultaneously in the project space at Haus Am Kleistpark in the exhibition “A Folorn Hope, Photographs from Afghanistan by Andreas Rost” from April 1st to May 29th.
His photographs are taken over long periods of time, outside the daily requirements of exploitation. Assembled into series, they often appear years after the date they were taken. The images mark different situations of upheaval in Berlin, such as upheavals in architecture like “Preussische Manier” from 1990, “zernützen” from 1992, and “Architektonische Studienblätter” from 2020-2021. On the other hand, individual upheavals of the people who inhabit Berlin become visible, like “Tacheles” and “Die Ebene” from 1990-1993, and finally the social and political upheavals like “Paraden” or “vergehen” from 1996-2003.
Mathias Flügge in his text: “A Beginning, an End and Four Themes” writes: “In contrast to the photojournalists of the world, the stories that he wants to tell are already in in his head. He has pictures upon pictures of the world. His images are verifications, so to speak. Some of these photographs are like a late reappearance of a critical and rationally distanced objective realism in art, which has its own tradition in Berlin and whose critical impetus is not moralistic but concrete, grounded in an exceptionally honed perceptive sensibility. The method is based on observation and recognizing the evocative constellation coalescing at a given moment. It does not shy away for immediacy and directness in highlighting conflict.”
Born in 1966 in Weimar, Andreas Rost was an active member of the Round Table of the City of Leipzig as a civil rights activist. He studied at the Leipzig Academy of Fine Arts with Arno Fischer and Evelyn Richter. Together with a squad of international artists, he is part of the founding members of the Tacheles in Oranienburger Straße. He has assisted Thomas Hoepker and Arno Fischer. Since 1995 he has been working as a freelance photographer and artist. Between 2003 and 2020 he was a commissioner of the ifa – Institute for Foreign Relations. Since then he teaches at the weißensee kunsthochschule berlin and the HfBK Dresden. He lives and works in Berlin.
The Collection Regard is a photographic collection that has placed its focus on German photography, especially photography from Berlin. With its work as a collection, archive (Hein Gorny Estate) and gallery, the Collection Regard consciously takes a position, since 2011, between museum and gallery. The Collection Regard is particularly committed to showing the interested public still largely unknown, valuable photographic works that deserve attention.
Andreas Rost – Racing Standstill
March 25 – September 30, 2022
Curated by Marc Barbey
10119 Berlin, Germany
A catalog by Collection Regard with a text by Matthias Flügge is published on the occasion of the exhibition.
The film by Matthias Leupold: “Andreas Rost – Berlin, 1945 – 2000: A Photographic Subject”, produced by FotoTV.de on the occasion of the show in the Reinbeckhallen will be shown in the exhibition.
The exhibition can be visited from March 25 to September 30, 2022 (the exhibition will be closed in July and August) on Fridays between 2 and 6 pm and by appointment at [email protected].
Guided tours with Andreas Rost and Marc Barbey on 25.03, 29.04, 27.05, 24.06, 02.09 and 30.09 at 5pm.
Artist talk/ Salon Photographique with Andreas Rost and Marc Barbey on May 5, 2022 at 7:30 pm (admission from 7:00 pm, contribution 5€). Advance registration is requested at [email protected]