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A pop-up exhibition in the context of the Special Olympics World Games 2023

"The task of capturing the athletes and the competitions, the volunteers, the celebrations and the events in professional pictures was something I took on with joy. This resulted in a lot of moving pictures and an equally moving experience for me." Luca Siermann

Luca Siermann has been photographing athletes at the Special Olympics since 2004. The photographic examination of people as studio portraits or reportage images, has become an integral part of his work in recent years. Through the strict creative framework - white backgrounds, landscape format and black and white - he manages to give the athletes the entire space of the picture and fill it independently.

Luca Siermann: Born in Heidelberg in 1964. 1979-1982 apprenticeship as a ceramist in Heidelberg, journeyman's examination. 1984 photo assistant in the photo studio Richard Fischer in Walldorf and 1985 start of independent work as a photographer. 1988 foundation of SIGNUM communication advertising agency in Mannheim together with Jochen Remmlinger and Reinhard Jahn. 2003 Lectureship at the Institute for Media Studies at the University of Bonn, Professor Caja Thimm. 2004 Start of work with Special Olympics, the Olympics of people with intellectual or multiple disabilities, development of the "Special Olympics Portrait Project" (SOPP) a portrait series with athletes with intellectual disabilities. Since then, photographic accompaniment of all German summer and winter games.
2006 Exhibition "SOPP" at the German Summer Games in Berlin in the Max-Schmeling-Halle, further exhibitions at all German Summer and Winter Games since then. Among others in Karlsruhe at the ZKM. 2006 Start of work on the coffee picture project "Speciality Coffee" from the country of cultivation to the consumer. Travels to Ethiopia, Brazil, India, Nepal, Mexico, El Salvador. Various exhibitions on the subject in the following years. 2019 "SOPP" exhibition in the gallery in the House of the Catholic Church in Stuttgart. 2022 Resumption of "Points of View" with Wolf Nkole Helzle, twelve new works 2023 "Die Wilde Jagd" exhibition in the German Butcher Museum in Böblingen, together with the artists Karin Brosa and Josephine Bonnet.

- Venue: Staircase Hall
- Free admission
- Language: German

Additional information
Public transport: U-Bahn Museumsinsel (U5) 1 min walk; S/U Alexanderplatz 15 min walk; S Hackescher Markt 10 min walk, Bus 100, 200, 300, 147, N5

Our tip: Medienguide - Humboldt Forum App
Go on a tour of the Humboldt Forum on your own and discover exciting object stories. You can use the Humboldt Forum app free of charge as an audio guide with your headphones via your smartphone! You can access the web app at any time at this address. At the Humboldt Forum you can also scan a QR code to start the Humboldt Forum App - directly at the ticket desk or at the objects distributed throughout the building. Public WiFi is also available on site.

Exciting tours are:  A Special Place - Architecture - Ethnological Museum - Museum of Asian Art - Humboldt Laboratory - BERLIN GLOBAL - Traces. History of the Place - "Zugetextet". Literature as intermedial practice

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