The Center for Photography at Woodstock is pleased to present The Dresden Project by Fredrik Marsh. The photographs capture a delicate time of transition in former East German cities, just before many diachronic apartments, called “Altbauwohnungen,” were gutted and renovated to make room for a newer, Western lifestyle. These striking images allow for one more brief celebration of these well-worn walls that range from graceful grandeur to ingeniously personal efforts of home beautification. In their abandoned states, these once private spaces are heavy with the suggested presence of their inhabitants. A faint echo of home still rings from these walls, fragile and violated through the churning of time. Under the careful guidance of the artist, we are allowed to take one last look at the dilapidated interiors, rich with delicate wallpaper patterns and neglectful abandon.
Fredrik Marsh was born in Quantico, VA. He attended the Ohio State University, earning a BFA in Photography in 1980 and MFA in Printmaking in 1984. Recipient of a 2008 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Marsh has exhibited his work nationally and internationally since 1978, most recently in Cleveland, Houston, Odense, Rio de Janeiro, Salzburg and San Francisco. His photographs are in the permanent collections of Cleveland Museum of Art, George Eastman House, LA County Museum of Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography/Columbia College Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts–Houston, and Kunstmuseum Moritzburg Halle, among others. Marsh has taught photography at various colleges and universities since 1985, most recently for The Ohio State University and for the University of Georgia Studies Abroad in Cortona, Italy Program. He lives and works in Columbus, Ohio. www.fredrikmarsh.com
The Center for Photography at Woodstock
59 Tinker Street, Woodstock, New York 12498 USA
August 19, 2017 to October 15, 2017