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ACMV × Das Giftraum | Bubble & Scrape – Contours of personal utopias

Actual Colors May Vary {ACMV}, the online magazine for photography published by Julia Schiller & Oliver Schneider, is delighted to present the first exhibition curated by ACMV in Berlin: »Bubble & Scrape – Contours of personal utopias«, featuring works by Ed Alcock, Jenny Fitz, and Tom Griggs.

Opening: Friday, 7 November 2014, from 8 pm – open end
Exhibition: November 7 – 20, 2014
Venue: Das Gift / Das Giftraum, Donaustr. 119, 12043 Berlin / Neukölln (⇢ Google Maps)
Opening hours: daily 5 – 10 pm

As part of the first „Monat der Fotografie-OFF Berlin 2014“ – the new Berlin partner festival of the Parisian Mois de la Photo-OFF – the exhibition „Bubble & Scrape“ examines personal utopias by three artists:

In Hobbledehoy British photographer Ed Alcock provides an intimate insight into the relationship between a mother and child, his wife and son – and, by observing this fleeting childhood, allows himself and the viewer to re-visit this magical time.In her series The Other Side German photographer Jenny Fitz explores the clash of ideals and everyday life and the resulting absurdity on a farm in New Zealand.In 2010 Tom Griggs immigrated to Medellín, Colombia, his wife’s hometown. His project untitled (City of Eternal Spring) asks if immigration can be a utopian ideal of tabula rasa and explores the possibility of truly being reborn midlife.

Artist bios

Ed Alcock is a British photographer living in Paris. His work focuses on family and the intimate. His first book, Hobbledehoy, which includes an original short-story by French author, Emmanuel Carrère, deals with the relationship between a mother and her young son. He is currently working on Love Lane, a new project on the destructive power of family secrets. He contributes regularly to M – Le Magazine du MondeThe GuardianThe New York Times, Stern, Madame Figaro and El Pais Magazine. He is a member of Agence M.Y.O.P.

Jenny Fitz is a German photographer living in Berlin. While finishing her studies at the Neue Schule für Fotografie she started her current project The Other Side in New Zealand. In her work – which is also strongly influenced by theatre and literature – she questions the lifestyle and role-play of people in her social environment. In 2013 she concluded her four-year project Kammerspiel, which is available as a limited edition self-published book.

Tom Griggs is a photographer, editor, educator and writer based in Medellín, Colombia. His images have been exhibited internationally, he teaches at two universities and he runs the site fototazo.

Our huge thanks to Rachel & Barry Burns from Das Gift, for hosting our exhibition at their lovely exhibition space, Das Giftraum in Berlin-Neukölln. Barry Burns (Mogwai) even played a DJ set on the opening night – how cool is that?!

And yes, there was cake, too. Baked by our friend Simone, in the shape of ACMV’s logo…! ♥ Thanks to all the curious visitors and inspiring talks. Thanks so much to Elfi Rückert & Christel Boget for letting us be part of their great photofestival, Monat der Fotografie-OFF Berlin 2014. Also many thanks to Gemma Padley for featuring our exhibition on BJP!

…a pleasant appetiser ahead of […] Paris Photo 2014″
– Gemma Padley, British Journal of Photography

Related links
Press release (PDF 1,3 MB) | Pressemitteilung (PDF 1,3 MB)
→ Exhibition feature on PiB – Photography in Berlin
→ Exhibition feature by Gemma Padley on BJP – British Journal of Photography
ACMV presents: Bubble & Scrape
→ Exhibition recap on ele studio
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