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Carina Linge

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Acedia, Single No. 1, 2008, C-Print auf Aludibond, 67,5x50 cm
Courtesy Jarmuschek + Partner, Berlin
In the pictorial language of her "Lonesome Eros" series of portraits, Carina Linge deals with themes of Renaissance and Baroque painting and of art up to the nineteenth century. We may think that we already know her pictures but they always contain something disturbingly Other, a threatening detail an unexplained gesture or an object which draws us back into the present.
Carina Linge uses our knowledge of allegories and symbols as a tried and tested method of telling us something which gets to the heart of the subject of her portraits. In a simple portrait she is unable to capture the essence of what she has learned about her subjects over the course of long conversations with them. She therefore prefers to work with people whom she already knows and who trust her unconditionally. She photographs singles and couples against a backdrop of the ever-present question of whether people in today's modern society are really capable of forming proper relationships: With all the current emphasis on self-realisation and assertiveness, are people really still able be open to a partner and to share true intimacy with them?
Before actually using the camera to take a portrait, Linge will often spend months preparing for it. She has many different methods of getting closer to her subjects. She observes them their environment and home and uses these settings to search for clues to the essence of her subject's true character. The end result is the production of a sort of photographic personality profile. This may take either the form of a carefully posed portrait or of a still life picture containing many hidden allusions to the life of her subjects and in which she carefully arranges items which she has found in the subject's home.
Carina Linge discusses and develops every theme in her portraits with her subjects before she sets up the shoot. Not all of her subjects, however, are initially comfortable with this kind of direct observation of themselves, when the photographer with all her artistic sensibility captures the latent essence of the subject and brings it to light in just a few minutes. Her instinctive ability to do this lets her down in only the rarest of cases. In order to throw the cloak of anonymity over her subjects she composes her pictures in such a way that her subjects are positioned in the foreground so that they are visible but not recognisable or brought to the fore in any way. In order to achieve this, she cuts off the faces above the bottom half of the eyes. The most impressive thing about Linge's work is the way in which she is able to give us private insights into the lives of her subjects but without completely exposing them. She uses her knowledge of art history as a stylistic tool because the pictorial language and symbolism which it contains provides an unlimited number of ways of expressing herself. It is precisely when she is apparently showing us historical poses or recreating historical atmospheres that she is able to make her subjects most visible to us in the here and now.
Many people may feel threatened by her work but Carina Linge is attempting to tell us more about a person than the lightning fast medium of portrait photography can normally show.

Mira Mahn

Carina Linge

1976 born in Cuxhaven, Germany

Lives and works in Leipzig, Germany


WS 2007
Teaching post, Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany

2000 – 2006
Degree studies (Diplom) in fine art at the Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany

1997 – 2000
Fine art, German language and literature studies at the University of Greifswald, Germany


Artist-in-Residence Program, Pilotenkueche, Leipzig, Germany
Grant for the first solo exhibition in an art institution, awarded by Stiftung

Scholarship awarded by Kulturstiftung Thüringen, Germany

Project grant, Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany
Scholarship for contemporary art, awarded by the Free State of Thuringia, Germany

Solo Exhibitions

»beautific«, (and Léon van Opstal) Dortmunder Kunstverein, Germany

»über das Begehren«, Galerie Jarmuschek+Partner, Berlin, Germany
Volta NY, Galerie Jarmuschek+Partner, New York, USA

»Einsamer Eros. Singles & Paare«, Renaissance-Saal der Kunsthalle Erfurt, Germany
»über das Begehren«, Kunsthaus Erfurt, Germany
»Einsamer Eros«, Kunsthalle Harry Graf Kessler, Weimar, Germany
»Singles/Couples«, Gebrüder Marten Galerie, Leipzig, Germany

»Einsamer Eros«, 4th European Month of Photography, Galerie Jarmuschek+Partner, Berlin, Germany
»Lonesome Eros«, Galerie Jarmuschek+Partner, Berlin, Germany
«Einsamer Eros«, bautzner69, Dresden, Germany

Group Exhibitions

»Dismantling«, Galerie Jarmuschek+Partner, Berlin, Germany
»I Amsterdam You Berlin«, St. Johannes Evangelist Church, Berlin, Germany

» Das künstlerische Porträt im Zeitalter der virtuellen Selbstinszenierung«, Galerie UF6 Projects, Berlin, Germany
»WILD - Animals in Contemporary Photography«, Artist Cooperative,
Omaha, USA
»Verweile doch«, Kunststiftung Sachsen-Anhalt, Halle, Germany
»Betriebsausflug«, Gängeviertel, Hamburg, Germany
SWAB Art Fair, Galerie Jarmuschek+Partner, Barcelona, Spain
»Award Show«, Kolga Tbilisi Photo 2012, Tbilisi, Georgia
»Eros und Thanatos«, Werkschauhalle der Baumwollspinnerei Leipzig, Germany
»Stillstehende Sachen«, Museum Abtei Liesborn, Wadersloh-Liesborn, Germany

SWAB Art Fair, Galerie Jarmuschek+Partner, Barcelona, Spain
Art Amsterdam, Galerie Jarmuschek+Partner, Amsterdam, Netherlands
»Unter Helden. Vor-Bilder in der Gegenwartskunst«, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany
»it´s not them, it´s us«, Pilotenkueche, Leipzig, Germany
»Wärme - Einblicke in den Vattenfall Fotopreis 2010«, Vattenfall Europe AG, Berlin, Germany

Preview Berlin, Galerie Jarmuschek+Partner, Berlin, Germany
»Various Artists«, Photo Edition Berlin, Germany
»Face to Face. German Contemporary Photography«, Dong-gang Museum of Photography, Yeongwol, South Korea
»Fotosommer Stuttgart. Award Show«, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany
Voltashow Basel, Galerie Jarmuschek+Partner, Basel, Switzerland

»Somit bleiben 33 Tage - Neue Fotografie aus Weimar«, Galerie Jarmuschek+Partner, Berlin, Germany
»Vom Labor zum Projekt«, Neues Museum Weimar, Germany
»Sittenbilder«, Altes Innenministerium Erfurt, Germany
»Max-Pechstein-Förderpreis 2009«, Kunstsammlungen Zwickau, Germany
»Von hier aus, wohin?«, F-Stop Internationales Fotografie Festival, Leipzig, Germany
»ganz und gar«, Pilotenkueche, Baumwollspinnerei Leipzig, Germany
»Stip.Visite«, Thüringer Landtag, Erfurt, Germany

»Project III«, HBC Berlin, Germany
»Klub 500«, Kunsthaus Erfurt, Germany
»anwesend«, Pilotenkueche, Baumwollspinnerei Leipzig, Germany
»Zerreißen und Zunähen hat seine Zeit«, Kunsthaus Erfurt, Germany

»Gastspiel«, Galerie DoppelD, Dresden, Germany
»Götter im Exil«, Kunstraum Heinestraße, Weimar, Germany
»Begehungen«, Festival für junge Kunst, Chemnitz, Germany
»Ausstellung junger deutscher und polnischer Kunst«, Friedrich-Schiller-
Universität Jena, Germany
»Art on the edge, Weimar – New York«, Kunsthalle Harry Graf Kessler, Weimar, Germany



conception, curation and organization of the exhibition "Götter im Exil" in Weimar, Germany


curator / director "backup.loungelab", Backup-Festival Weimar, Germany


Angermuseum Erfurt
Kunstsammlungen Jena
Fundación Banco Sabadell, Barcelona
Collection SØR Rusche, Oelde / Berlin
Collection Werner Grub, Berlin / London
Collection José Maria Civit, Barcelona


Klaus Honnef, Silke Feldhoff: Carina Linge. Einsamer Eros, hg./ed. by Kunsthaus Erfurt, Erfurter Kunstverein, Kulturdirektion der Stadt Weimar, Bielefeld/Leipzig/Berlin 2011.

Thomas Deecke, Harriet Zilch: Unter Helden. Vor-Bilder in der Gegenwartskunst, hg./ ed. by Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Bielefeld/Leipzig/Berlin 2011.

Thomas von Taschitzki: Anmerkungen Freie Kunst, in: Vom Labor zum Projekt. Jahrbuch der Fakultät der Gestaltung. Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, hg./ed. by Siegfried Gronert, Thomas von Taschitzki, Weimar 2011, S. 83, 89 f.

Mira Mahn: Einsamer Eros. Arbeiten von Carina Linge, in: 4. Europäischer Monat der Fotografie Berlin, hg./ed. by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH, Berlin 2010, S. 139.

Agnes Matthias: Carina Linge. Einsamer Eros, hg./ed. by Ausstellungsraum bautzner69 Dresden, Potsdam/ Dresden 2010.

Kai Uwe Schierz: Face to Face. German Contemporary Photography, in: Face to Face. German Contemporary Photography [Dong-gang International Photo Festival], hg./ed. by Youngsoo Kim, Dong-gang Museum of Photography, Yeongwol/Gangwon-do 2010, S. 39-40.

Carina Linge, in: Von hier aus wohin? 3. Internationales Fotografiefestival F/Stop 2009, hg./ed. by Kristin Dittrich u. a., Zentrum für zeitgenössische Fotografie Leipzig, 2009, S. 163.

Kai Uwe Schierz: Carina Linge. Einsamer Eros [Katalog/catalogue Max-Pechstein-Förderpreis der Stadt Zwickau], hg./ed. by Kunstsammlungen der Städtischen Museen Zwickau, 2009.



Carina Linge

Jarmuschek + Partner
Invalidenstrasse 50/51
Halle am Wasser
10557 Berlin

+49 (0)30 28599070


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