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Wildschweinmutter, Kolkata, India 2014

Wildschweinmutter, Kolkata, India 2014, 2014 - Juergen Teller

Wildschweinmutter, Kolkata, India 2014, 2014

Juergen Teller  

40.6 x 50.8 cm / 15.98 x 20 inch
Edition of 100 copies, accompanied by a signed and numbered certificate.

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  • Medium: C-type print.
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about this work

This photograph was taken during a trip Juergen Teller made to India in the last days of 2013, of which he says the following: “We are invited to an Indian wedding, of Brinda — a beautiful young lady who works at Sadie’s gallery — and a delightful man called Shubhodeep, both from Kolkata. Aveek Sen, the Indian writer who recently returned to Kolkata after years living abroad, warned me that the city is a trap for photographers because it is so picturesque. It is true: the colors, the Kali sculptures, the powerful Ganges, the filth, the romance of a city lagging behind the brash Indian economic boom due to 34 years of communist government, the South Kensingston feel of the colonial buildings, the weave of secular cultures in a dense and tolerant city, the drama of lives being lived with no sense of privacy, and the dramatic divide between White Town and Black Town… All of it is seductive. Walking around the city every morning at 8 a.m., I had Aveek’s words in my head, and my intention to avoid emotional images of poverty and decay that would shortchange this place, was a constant thought. A city as complex as Kolkata is a feast of light, color, and detail, and its tender spirit intoxicated every moment of our adventure there. My eyes — my camera — were dizzy trying to suck it all in.”

The photographs Teller made during that trip were published in Kolkata: The Juergen Teller Purple Book. This edition was produced on the occasion of his solo exhibition Woo! at the ICA, London in 2013.

about Juergen Teller

Considered one of the most important photographers of his generation, Juergen Teller is one of a few artists who has been able to operate successfully both in the art world and the world of commercial photography since beginning his career in the late 80s. As such, his images range from classic portraits of celebrities (e.g. Kate Moss, Kurt Cobain and Vivienne Westwood) to more recent landscapes and family portraits. Driven by a desire to tell a story in every picture he takes, Teller has shaped his own distinct and instantly recognizable style, which combines humor, self-mockery and an emotional honesty.

Juergen Teller has had numerous solo exhibitions, including shows at Le Consortium, Dijon; ICA, London; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; and Fondation Cartier, Paris. His work has been shown in several group exhibitions at venues such as Tate Modern, London; MoMA, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam. In 2007, Teller participated in the 52nd Venice Biennale.

Teller's work is included in numerous collections around the world, including the International Center for Photography, New York; the Pinchuk Collection, Kiev; and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, among others.

Juergen Teller is represented by the following galleries;
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Lehmann Maupin, New York / Hong Kong

Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin

Christine König Galerie, Vienna

Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris

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