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York der Knoefel, as the artist born in Potsdam in 1962 as Jörg Knöfel has called himself since 1989, began taking photographs as early as 1983. Even in the early photo series, in which he touchingly captures the reality of life for people in East Berlin in the 1980s, his talent is evident, as is his artistic credo, which runs through his entire oeuvre.

Galerie Pankow, Breite Straße 8
Galerie Pankow, Breite Straße 8 © Galerie Pankow, 2018

He gained special attention and recognition in 1988 with the work "Schlachthaus Berlin". In this claustrophobic, expansive photo installation, he documents the working conditions of labourers and the mass killing of animals as the "daily madness of living and dying" (Gregor Eisenhauer).

With "Schlachthaus Berlin", Knoefel went beyond the scope of photographic means of expression and their presentation at the time and became an important source of inspiration for the emerging art scene of the GDR and the transition period 1989/90.

For the self-taught Knoefel, the years of the post-reunification period were marked by artistic success with numerous international exhibitions, scholarships, travels and residencies. While still working on "Schlachthaus Berlin", Knoefel also began to turn to painting and later to video art.

York der Knoefel, who died unexpectedly in Berlin on 16 December 2011, would have turned 60 this year. Galerie Pankow is honouring the extraordinary artist on this occasion with an exhibition and a catalogue.

The focus is on his photographic work from 1983 to 1988 and reminds us that York der Knoefel is one of the outstanding photographers of the GDR. On display are predominantly works from the estate, including from the installation "Schlachthaus Berlin".

Exhibition period: 06.09. to 30.10.2022

Event:
Thursday, 20.10.2022, 19:00 hrs.
"Contradictions in Dream and Reality - York der Knoefel as Photographer and Artist".
Discussion with Eugen Blume, Tina Bara and Anja Osswald
Moderation: Franziska Schmidt

Location: Galerie Pankow
Breite Straße 8
13187 Berlin

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