Kicken Berlin is starting the fall season with the exhibition Helga Paris. Notizen (Helga Paris. Notes), a cross section of vintage prints from the 1970s and 1980s, modern print images from Paris’s ten-part Mappenwerk — her self-selected canon of works — and as-of-yet-unpublished working prints. One of the most important autonomous voices in East German photography, Paris created portraits of people and places, both from the center of her life in Berlin and several stays in Halle and on her travels through Eastern Europe. With her empathetic, respectful observations of everyday life, Paris is one of the most “important photographers of our time” (Ulrich Domröse). Her works have been acquired by national and international museums and collections alike; the Berlin Academy of Arts dedicated a large retrospective to the artist in 2019. Paris took up photography in the late 1960s first as an autodidact in her private surroundings. Her radius expanded in the following years to include her Berlin neighborhood, Prenzlauer Berg. Her unjudgemental, unspectacular observations of the everyday show people as part of a community and in social interactions...
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