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Josiane Keller

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Lives in
Berlin /London /Chicago

Works in
wherever I can


Edinburgh College of Art, UK, 2002, Postgraduate Diploma (Painting)
Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, 2001, MA Fine Arts
State Technical School of Ceramics Landshut, Germany, 1992, Geselle (Ceramics)

digital, photography, surrealism, conceptual, video-art, figurative, puppetry, stop-motion animation

Artist Statement

I am working with staged photography as well as experimental animation based on my photography. I am since childhood on strongly near-sighted as well as face-blind and am interested in human visual perception as well as visual memory.

I am interested in street photography; particularly Japanese post-war photography is a great influence on my work. One of my favorite artists is the Japanese photographer Moriyama Daido, and his approach of “are, bure, boke” (Jap. ‘grainy, blurry, out-of focus’) matches with my own visual experience.

With this aesthetic in mind I am trying to make my photographs look like casually taken snapshots. However, my images are not casual at all and the creation per series in total takes about on average a minimum of two weeks, because I use self-made small scale ceramic figures as stand-ins for people and animals. The technique is rather like painting, because to a great extent I have to pre-plan the images and create their elements separately before I can take the pictures.

I am researching to what extent it is possible to say the same thing that is said in a casual snapshot or film by using these obvious models for a person, animal or plants in a photograph /film; that means finding out: what are the basic essentials we need to be convinced an inanimate object, for instance a young woman’s face (from ceramic) is alive although we should know, based on what we see, it isn’t, so it works as a vehicle to trigger a certain emotion in us. I am interested in finding out where the border is, if there is any. This work contains also concerns of doll play and puppetry.

I am mixing the staged images including figures with actual snap shots, instead of creating everything by hand, such as I also only create the figures myself, but place them in a realistic environment and try taking a picture that makes them become one. I don’t create a whole universe but use stand-ins for the creatures in my world.

For more information/work please view my website:

Recent Exhibits

Josiane Keller participated in these exhibits:

Apr, 2014 Fractured Yet Rising
ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation
Apr, 2012 Re/Invention
ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation
Feb, 2011 ARC Gallery February 2011: Juried Group Exhibition
ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation
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