Norman Behrendt “Burning down the house”
“Burning down the house”, 2007-2012 a photographic study of Berliner graffiti writers. Through a series of portraits and interviews Norman Behrendt’s “burning down the house” offers an intimate foray into the anonymous authors of Berlin’s public space and gives a human face to the often-discussed subject of the illegal “writing on the wall”. Instead of accompanying and photographing the graffiti writers on their nocturnal adventures even forgoing the depiction of the graffiti itself, Behrendt decided on a quieter alternative to give the writers freedom to choose where and how they were photographed. The book also includes a series of Polaroid portraits which adds the point of view of the writers themselves. The resulting photographs and interviews to reflect on the tense relationship between visibility and anonymity, recognition and ownership.
Norman Behrendt (1981, Berlin) is a German photographer, living and working in Berlin. He majors in Photography at the University of Applied Sciences, Department of Design in Potsdam, Germany in 2012. For his photobook ‘burning down the house’ he earned distinction. In October 2013 his photobook ‘burning down the house’ won the first prize at the Dummy Award 2013 in Kassel, Germany. In January 2015 it got published by seltmann+söhne. ‘Burning down the house’ got also an appreciation at the ‘10th Aenne-Biermann-Prize’ for contemporary photography in Gera, Germany. Currently Behrendt is working on new projects in the field of photography. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and a museum in Germany and has been part of international festivals in Germany, France, Italy and Ireland.
Norman Behrendt exhibition “Burning down the house” opening at “POST” gallery (Laisvė av. 51 a.) September 4 6:00 p.m. Exhibition will be on display till September 20.
Open: II – V 12.oo a.m. – 7.oo p.m.; VI 13.oo a.m.- 6.oo p.m.