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Stefanie Schneider, Moneypenny with Beach Ball (Heavenly Falls)
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    Photography : C-print

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    7.9 x 7.9 x 0 inch

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    Photography on Fujicolor Crystal Archive Paper

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    Numbered and limited to 10 copies
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    Including white borders, Edition of 10.
    Digital C-Print based on a Polaroid
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    Artist inventory number: 19597.

    Stefanie Schneider interviewed for Instant Dreams Documentary

    When did you first decide to work with Polaroids? Why do Polaroids seem to be so well tuned to our (artistic) senses, perception and minds?

    I started using expired Polaroid film in 1996. It has the most beautiful quality and encapsulates my vision perfectly. The colors on one hand, but then the magic moment of witnessing the image appear. Time seems to stand still, and the act of watching the image develop can be shared with the people around you. It captures a moment, which becomes the past so instantly that the decay of time is even more apparent; – it gives the image a certain sentimentality. The Polaroid moment is an original every time.

    Why use a medium from the past?
    For me, analog has always been there in the present. For the new generation, analog is interesting because it's new to them. I understand that people growing up in a digital age will wonder about its usefulness, but it's theirs to recover if they want to. When I first started working with Polaroid, it wasn't the past. It was a partially forgotten medium, but it existed nonetheless. It is mine by choice. There is no substitute for tangible beauty.

    Is it imperfect?
    The imperfect perfection in a “wabi-sabi” kind of way.

    Wabi-sabi (侘寂) represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.
    'If an object or expression can bring about, within us, a sense of serene melancholy and a spiritual longing, then that object could be said to be wabi-sabi'. 'Wabi-sabi nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.'

    Is the Polaroid photograph recognizable or even sometimes cliché?
    Absolutely! There's something cliché about the way I'm showing the American Dream. I live it myself, trying to find perfection in an imperfect world. Reaching for the horizon. The dream is broken; the cliché tumbles. There are different ways to involve an audience. You could make movies like Harmony Korine's 'Gummo' a masterpiece in my view, which would estrange a large part of the audience. A certain film education is a prerequisite. Or you can start with clichés, the audience then feels safe, which lures them into the depth of your world without them even knowing it or understanding where exactly they are being led to. Appealing to emotions and the sub-conscious. Normal, Change, New Normal.

    You continually revisit the landscape of the American West in your work. What draws you back to this scene?
    Southern California represents a dream to me. The contrast of Northern Germany, where I grew up, to the endless sunshine of Los Angeles was what first attracted me. The American West is my dream of choice. Wide, open spaces give perspectives that articulate emotions and desires. Isolation feeds feelings of freedom or sometimes the pondering of your past. The High Desert of 29 Palms has very clear and vivid light, which is vital. Expired Polaroid film produces 'imperfections' that I would argue mirrors the decline of the American dream. These so called 'imperfections' illustrate the reality of that dream turning into a nightmare. The disintegration of Western society.

    Are you playing with the temporality of the material and the value of the moment itself?
    The value of the moment is paramount, for it is that moment that you're trying to transform. All material is temporary, it's relative, and time is forever.

    Why does analog film feel more pure and intuitive?
    It's tangible and bright and represents a single moment.
    The digital moment may stay in the box (the hard drive / camera / computer etc.) forever, never to be touched, put into a photo album, sent in a letter, or hung on a wall. Printing makes it an accomplishment.
    The analog world is more selective, creating images of our collective memory.
    The digital worldwide clicking destroys this moment. The generation without memories due to information overload and hard drive failures. Photo albums are a thing of the past.

    Why does it feel this way?
    That's how the human instinct works.
    When I was a child, every picture been taken was a special moment. Analog photographic film as well as Super-8 material were expensive treasures. My family's memories were created by choosing certain moments in time. There was an effort behind the picture. The roll of film might wait months inside the camera before it was all used. From there, the film required developing, which took more time, and finally, when the photos were picked up from the shop, the memories were visited again together as a family. Who knew then, how fleeting these times were. Shared memories was a ritual.

    What's your philosophy behind the art of Polaroid pictures?
    The 'obsolete' is anything but obsolete. Things are not always as they appear, and there are hidden messages. Our memories and our dreams are under-valued. It is there that real learning and understanding begins by opening yourself to different perspectives.

    What inspired you to use stop motion cinematography?
    My work has always resembled movie stills. I remember the first time I brought a box of Polaroids and slid them onto Susanne Vielmetter's desk (my first gallery). Instantly, it became apparent that there was a story to tell. The stories grew. It was undeniable to me, that the emerging story was where I was destined to go. I've made four short films before my latest feature film, "The Girl behind the White Picket Fence". This film is 60 minutes long with over 4000 edited Polaroids. It's important to remember that our sub-conscious fills in the blanks, the parts missing from the story allow a deeper and more personal experience for the viewer. That is, if you surrender yourself and trust me as the director to lead you somewhere you might not have been before.

    Why do you think it is important to own art?
    'We have art in order not to die of the truth' Nietzsche
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Stefanie Schneider

Germany Born in: 1968

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, c.art-Galerie 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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