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Stefanie Schneider

Born in: 1968


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Stefanie Schneider (1968) is a German photographer living in Berlin and Los Angeles. Schneider's photographs exhibit the appearance of expired Polaroid instant film, with its chemical mutations. It has been released in books and exhibition catalogs, and in her own feature film 29 Palms, CA (2014). Her work has also been used as the cover art for music by Red Hot Chili Peppers and Cyndi Lauper, and in the film Stay (2005).

Schneider's preferred choice of location is the American West (especially Twentynine Palms, California, which served as location and title to one of her books), and the mounting of sequential images in a panel, the photographs evoke the impression of faded dreamy film stills. She holds an MFA in photography from the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany.

Schneider completed 29 Palms, CA in 2014. A feature film, art piece that explores the dreams and fantasies of a group of people who live in a trailer community in the Californian desert. The project includes six films: "Hitchhiker", "Rene's dream", "Sidewinder", "Till death do us part", "Heather's dream" and the feature film "The Girl Behind the White Picket Fence". A defining feature is the use of still Polaroid images in succession and voice over. Characters talk to themselves about their ambitions, memories, hopes and dreams. The latest of these short film is "Heather's dream", starring Heather Megan Christie and Udo Kier, and was selected in May 2013 by the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and is also nominated for the 2013 German short film award.

In a review of her book Stranger Than Paradise, Daniel Kothenschulte writes in the German magazine Literaturen that:

Stefanie Schneider is an internationally known artist that takes analog photographs and makes experimental movies with them. Schneider has cribed some of the titles of the series of her enlarged Polaroids from her favorite movies: Red Desert, Zabriskie Point or The Last Picture Show. Even if most images remain connected to the genre of road movies—in one case one seems to get a glimpse of Ridley Scott's tragic runaways Thelma and Louise.

DZ Bank, Francfort, Allemagne
Dreyfuss, Bâle, Suisse
Schmidt Bank, Ratisbonne, Allemagne
Groupe d’édition Holtzbrinck, Stuttgart, Allemagne
Collection Sander, Berlin, Allemagne
Ocean Foundation, Zurich, Suisse
Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, Allemagne
Impossible Collection, Vienne, Autriche
Collection Luc LaRochelle, Montréal, Canada
Collection d’art du canton de Zug, Suisse

Expositions individuelles
2014 Motion Photography – 6 Finalists, Saatchi Gallery, Londres, GB
2014 Instantdreams, De Re Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2014 Stefanie Schneider, Bregenz, Autriche
2013 The girl behind the white picket fence, Galerie Catherine et André Hug, Paris, France
2012 Stranger than Paradise, Christian Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Desert, USA
2012 Stefanie Schneider, Gallery at Cliff Lede Vineyards, Napa Valley, USA
2011 California Dreaming, ROLLO Contemporary, Londres, GB
2010 Stefanie Schneider, Galerie Walter Keller, Zurich, Suisse
2010 Instant Dreams, Frank Picture Gallery, Santa Monica, USA
2009 29 Palms, CA, Moravian Gallery, Brno, République tchèque
2008 Sidewinder, Städtische Galerie am Mozartplatz, Salzbourg, Autriche
2007 Wastelands, Kunstverein Recklinghausen, Allemagne
2006 Wastelands, Zephyr / Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim, Allemagne
2005 Last Picture Show, Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin, Allemagne
2004 Suburbia, Galerie Kuttner Siebert, Berlin, Allemagne
2004 Stefanie Schneider, Galerie Michael Sturm, Stuttgart, Allemagne
Expositions collectives
2014 Nude, Pop-up Art Gallery Berlin, Allemagne
2013 Images for Images, GASK – Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region, Kutná Hora, République tchèque
2013 The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, USA
2013 Road Atlas - Straßenfotografie, DZ Bank Collection, Kunsthalle Erfurt, Allemagne
2012 Polaroid (Im)Possible – The Westlicht Collection, Forum de la culture et de l’économie du land de Rhénanie du Nord-Westphalie, Düsseldorf, Allemagne
2010 Mapping Worlds: Welten verstehen – Aufbruch in die Gegenwart, 8ème triennale internationale de la photo, Esslingen, Allemagne
2009 True Lies, Kunsthaus Essen, Allemagne
2008 Les Rencontres d’Arles, organisées par Christian Lacroix, nominée pour le prix découverte
2007 Breaking the Waves, Arthaus, Los Angeles, USA
2006 Artists for Tichy - Tichy for Artists, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Passau, Allemagne
2006 Out of the Camera: Analoge Fotografie im digitalen Zeitalter, Kunstverein, Bielefeld, Allemagne
Land in Translation, Riverside Museum, USA.
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Stefanie Schneider, Burning Treasure (Stage of Consciousness), Photography

Stefanie Schneider

Burning Treasure (Stage of Consciousness), 2007
8.3 x 12.2 x 0.4 inch


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