Stephanie Kloss’s photographs document not singular events, but virtual states. She often presents locations with mythological associations. They touch the viewer by suggesting what is superficially invisible: conflict, abuse, environmental disaster. At first glance, many recall a design idea from German Romanticism, including the tension between a superficial harmony and a subtle terror lurking behind it. The ‘before’ and ‘after’ that is inscribed in these nature studies is crucial; only the title makes the location recognisable. A high tension is generated between the viewer’s perception and what has really happened. We see a cove at night, for example: it is Otto Mühl’s commune on La Gomera, where children were sexually abused. Or the site where Sodom is said to have stood: the undeveloped film was x-rayed by Israeli security authorities.
Stephanie Kloss lives and works in Berlin. After studying Architecture at TU Berlin she studied Media Art at the HfG in Karlsruhe under Thomas Struth, Candida Höfer and Marie-Jo Lafontaine. Her work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2012 shows L´année dernière au Palais Nouveau. The Small Orangery at Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin, Beyond Eden. Goethe- Institut Jerusalem, Kibbuz and Bauhaus. Bauhaus Dessau, Dämmerung. Klinger Forum. Leipzig.