Joachim Koester

Some Boarded up Houses, Chicago



Photograph on Ilford warm-tone silver gelatin paper.

28 × 36 cm

Edition of 30 copies, signed and numbered by the artist.

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This edition is published by Centre d'Art Contemporain

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about this work

In his eponymous series Some Boarded up Houses (2009-present), Joachim Koester brings together Walker Evans, the emblematic photographer of the Great Depression, and Bernd und Hilla Becher, the masters of objective photography. Formally, the series borrows its language from the Bechers’ famous “typologies”: frontal treatment of the architectural element, taken from a high viewpoint with the neutral light of an open sky, no human presence, etc. However, contrary to the Bechers and in line with Walker Evans’ approach, the houses photographed by Koester are psychologically charged, haunted by the subprime crisis that saw millions of people lose their homes.


about Joachim Koester

The artistic practice of Joachim Koester is based upon a complex web of docu-fiction, wherein personal, historical and journalistic issues melt with fictive narrations. In his video work, Koester uses strategies of montage, archiving and storytelling to illuminate historical events. Recently he has traced invisible and forgotten histories of transgression, based upon the legacy and remnants of occult movements and psychedelic experiments. Joachim Koester’s work goes beyond the broad field of a conceptual, documentary and narrative approach. By seeking to decode the signs of a repressed history, the artist acts as an explorer of the invisible, an observer of a reality inhabited by ghosts.



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