Sebastian Klug is a contemporary artist based in Berlin. His work can be defined as a hybrid between photography and sculpture. By manually cutting and interweaving two identical prints of his photographs he creates three dimensional objects that emphasize the material aspect of photography, i.e. the qualities of the printed paper, distort the original image and thus play with the viewer's perception. He loves the slow and meditative act of weaving and the combination of an ancient craft with contemporary digital photography.

 

Klug's photo weaves are based on the pictures he takes with a first-generation mobile phone camera. The noisy, oneiric images, findings from his countless wanderings through the nights of his adopted home town, are the base of his later elaborations. Using the skills from his architectural training, he developed an understanding of materiality and adopted the high standards of precision in his own, unique creations.

​His work has been shown as a Highlight at the European Month of Photography Festival in Berlin during 2010 and across venues in various cities including Munich, Venice, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, London, Istanbul, Helsinki, Turin, Triest, Chicago and Detroit.


Adam Geary in "Berlinoir": Using a Nokia 6300 mobile phone at low light levels, Klug creates an atmospheric visual diary that mixes the grain, noise and strange colours of his phone's pictures, with that of his nocturnal encounters. The people he photographs float like ghosts, leaving small traces of their existence as they journey through the night.

born 1981 in Munich, Germany

2002-10    Architecture Studies at TU Cottbus (Diplom), IUAV Venice, ETSA Granada

2016-17    Photography Studies at Neue Schule für Fotografie, Berlin

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Exhibitions

coming up

Sept. 2020: Andreas Reinisch Project, Berlin

exhibition with Markus J. Becker, curated by Suzy Royal, opening sept. 10

Oct 1 - 31, 2020: European Month of Photography Berlin (EMOP)

solo show at Mainoeuvre, Meraner Str. 10, Berlin, opening sept. 30

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2019

Interwoven, Artist Quarterly at Sotheby's Munich, Oeonsplatz 16, München, 4.7. - 29.9.

Stadtansichten, Kirchen und Schlösser in zeitgenössischer Malerei, Grafik und Fotografie.

Klostergalerie Hochfranken, Hof / Bavaria (Galerie Fortak, Berlin) 29.4. - 29.9.2019

Other Identity - altre forme di identità culturali e pubbliche, group exhibition curated by Francesco Arena, gallery Guidi & Schoen, Genova 9.3 - 29.3.

2018

Blue Memories, solo show, Monat der Fotografie Berlin Off, Bernheimer Contemporary, Berlin, 18.10. - 18.11.

Ansbach Contemporary 2018, Biennale für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Ansbach, 17.8. - 30.9.

Intrecci Artistici, group exhibition, Bottega dell'Immagine, Triest. 21. - 30.6.

Here3, group exhibition, Cavallerizza Irreale, Turin, 18. - 27.05.

Solo show at Viola Ballin Store, Fasanenstrasse 68, Berlin. 10.12. - 31.01.

2017


A Contemporary Show, group exhibition, Dovetail Brewery, Chicago. 21.10.


Streamflow, group exhibition with Alexander Deubl and Cristiano Tassinari, Bernheimer Contemporary, Berlin. 17.10. - 30.11.

Weinonsten, group exhibition, Hilbertraum, Reuterst Berlin, 12. - 21.5.


Art Karlsruhe, stand with Bernheimer Contemporary. 16.-19.2..

2016

When did we stop playing?, group exhibition, Anna Laudel Contemporary, Istanbul. 16.12. - 12.2


Other Identity, group exhibition, Loggia della Mercanzia, Genova. 6.2. - 7.3.


Berlin Art Week Exhibition, Enter Art Foundation, Berlin. 14. - 25.9.

2015


Die Lichtenberg Norm, group exhibition, Galerie Zwitschermaschine, Berlin, 7. - 15.11.

Sleepers, solo show, Giftraum, Berlin, 13. - 15.2.

2014


Shunga - Träume einer fließenden Welt, group exhibition, Glashaus, Berlin. 22. - 23.2.

O du mein holder Abendstern, solo show, Team Titanic, Berlin. 7. - 10.1.

 

2013


Dissolutions, solo show, Factory Street Gallery, Helsinki. 24.5. - 8.6.


Nattens Møder i Berlin, solo show, Mellemrummet, Copenhagen. 1.8. - 30.9.

 

2012


Portrait Salon, simultaneous slide show, London, Leeds, Cardiff, Brighton. 29.11.


Cell Phones in Summer, group exhibition by Artspace at Untitled, Oklahoma City. 1.6. - 30.9.


Compressed. 2 years. 100 exhibitions. 1 auction, group exhibition, Neonchocolate Gallery, Berlin. 3. - 5. 4.

 

2011


...off the beaten tracks, group exhibition with Peter Franck, Matthias Gephardt and Sven Marquardt, Neonchocolate Gallery Berlin. 1. - 15.12.


08. Berliner Kunstsalon, Art Fair, Uferhallen Berlin.15. - 18.9.


Berlinoir, installation, Schiume Festival, Forte Marghera, Venice (IT). 23. - 26.6.


Berlin - Choreographie einer Stadt, group exhibition, Forum Factory, Berlin. 29.4. - 15.5.

 

2010

Durch die Nacht, 4. European Month of Photography Festival (Highlight), Galerie Ina Köhler, Berlin. 16.10. - 10.1. 2011


[proyecto final]: Es war so schön bei dir Marie..., solo show, Fenster 61, Berlin. 16.2. - 15.3.

In the Nighttime, solo show, Galerie Fango, Cottbus. 15.1. - 12.2.

Books

Berlinoir, photo book, aglu edition (www.aglu.co.uk)

Berlin What?, 102 contemporary artist, Olliver Thoben and Uwe Neu, Verlag Die Neue Sachlichkeit, Berlin 2013

 

 

Articles

Berlijn danst, photo essay in Tijd, weekend supplement of Dutch newspaper Trouw, 14.4. 2012.

De nachten van Sebastian Klug, photo essay in Berlijn voor gevorderden, book by Jaco Boer and Bram Vermeer, Amsterdam 2012.

Durch die Nacht - von der Sehnsucht nach Auflösung in 1000 Pixel, exhibition review by Ina Köhler, Museumsjournal 04/2010, Berlin 2010.

 

Online

actual colors may vary

Monat der Fotografie Berlin

Fenster 61

super massive blackhole magazine

Tagesspiegel

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