Exhibition / Opening: Talk and Presentation Herlinde Koelbl: "Traces of Power"

Herlinde Koelbl: "Angela Merkel" © Herlinde Koelbl

Thu, 04.05.2017 -
Sun, 18.06.2017

Goethe-Institut Sydney

90 Ocean Street, Woollahra
2025 Sydney

Angela Merkel exhibition at the Goethe-Institut in Sydney

Herlinde Koelbl exhibition opening and talk: "Traces of Power" on 04 May 2017 at 6pm for 6.30pm, Goethe-Institut in Sydney
Exhibition Hours:
04 May to 18 June 2017
Mon-Thu 9am-5pm
Fri-Sat 9am-4pm

Herlinde Koelbl is one of the major political photographers in Germany. Her photos addressing burning issues of the time have made her known worldwide. They are always engaged and thoughtful confrontations with political and social issues, where Koelbl combines a journalistic documentary approach with high artistic standards in a way uniquely her own.

At the Goethe-Institut in Sydney she will present her photo series “Spuren der Macht” ("Traces of Power"). For this large-scale project, Koelbl followed 15 upcoming politicians over a long period of time: since 1991, with an interval between 1999 and 2006, Koelbl has met the now-chancellor Angela Merkel once every year, taken a portrait and interviewed her, often asking the exact same questions as the year before.

In a recent interview about the project with The Guardian, Koelbl said: “Office changes people, not always favourably. They learn to put on a mask so that their emotions aren’t so easily calculable. I can’t imagine a tougher job than being a national leader.”

In addition to the “Traces of Power” exhibition at the Goethe-Institut, Koelbl will show the "Targets" exhibiton at Head On Festival, also in Sydney. For more info about “Targets” please click here.