Nothing Escapes Agfa Project, 2013
various formats and different techniques, 30 images, 24 contact sheets, 6 collages, videoloop 5:02 min
For her series “The big boom nothing escapes Agfa project”, Iris Janke departs from the material of her mother’s photographic archive, combining contact sheets and objects with her own photographs and collages. Her parents met in 1968 while working for Agfa, the large corporation for photographic and laboratory equipment. Together with their colleagues, they documented their carefree days at work, striking poses in the photo studio. Iris Janke juxtaposes these images with her own photographic images as well as instructional images from handbooks and text, arranging collages, in which the materiality and specifics of analogue photography is at once subject and matter of her work. A film compiled of footage found on youtube documenting the controlled detonation of the Agfa headquarter in Munich in 2008, functions as an emblematic image of the transformation from analogue to digital photography.
Press release: “The Big Boom Nothing Escapes Agfa Poject”, Galerie im Turm, Berlin 2013