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Ricarda Roggan * 1972 in Dresden, lives in Leipzig

"Ricarda Roggan studied photography at Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Leipzig and the prestigious Royal College of Art, London. Her works deal with found places and spaces in which men have left their traces. After the searching and finding – always the starting point of her works – comes the thorough preparation of the rooms for the analogue picture. In painstaking dedication she covers up cracks in the wooden walls, that could let disruptive light beams in, eliminates grains of dust [...]

"Ricarda Roggan studied photography at Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Leipzig and the prestigious Royal College of Art, London. Her works deal with found places and spaces in which men have left their traces. After the searching and finding – always the starting point of her works – comes the thorough preparation of the rooms for the analogue picture. In painstaking dedication she covers up cracks in the wooden walls, that could let disruptive light beams in, eliminates grains of dust, even bricks up entire walls to create the perfect image, as in the series “Schacht”. The ready-made which the viewer supposes to see in the pictures turns to be a strictly thought through composition at closer observation. By eliminating the background, be it through time exposure, which puts the image in complete darkness, or through the selection of an image detail that cuts off all possible exits, the isolated places are pictured entirely closed and not accessible for the spectator. Places as well as objects are taken out of their original function and thereby placed in the spotlight by the artist. Still, it is exactly the evidence of human use, which she wants to capture and focus on."

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