Bettina Lockemann

In her works Bettina Lockemann deals mainly with urban situations. She looks for her topics in spaces of urban agglomeration and realises them with photography and video. Born and raised in Berlin, she studied photography and media art at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig and took a Ph.D in art history at Stuttgart State Academy of Visual Arts. Currently she is working as freelance artist and art historian after teaching for 15years at various art schools and universities in Germany and Switzerland, most recently as Professor of Practice and Theory of Photography at Braunschweig University of Art.
The city is more than the living environment for many people. In the city, the central challenges of humankind become visible. Manifold concerns collide here, that require negotiations about spaces and identities, affiliations and communities, as well as social participation. The city in its built and social structures has always been the attempt to find answers to these tremendous challenges.
bettina - portrait, Mysore © Sarah Klare Bettina Lockemann approaches her topics from a conceptual point of departure. She begins her work, prepared by comprehensive research, which allows her the experimental phrasing of a question that has to prove of value in the course of her documentary explorations. The places set the methods of her artistic approach. How is it possible to photographically picture the situations found? How can interrelations that are invisible on location be made accessible to reflection? Focusing on things inconspicuous and unspectacular she challenges the beholders to actively participate in the reception of the images by relying on their prior knowledge.
The extensive photographic series and video installations broach multiple issues of urban space. For example: surveillance (“Code Orange”, 2003) and disappearance of public space (“Fringes of Utopia”, 2002), sites of crime in relation to the Holocaust in Berlin (“Plan”, with Elisabeth Neudörfl, 1999), or urban revitalisation in New Orleans (“Post-Shrinking City”, since 2014, ongoing). Topical incidents also occasionally encroach upon her works as for example the situation in Cairo one year after the Arab Spring uprising (“Traffic”, 2012) or Paris in state of emergency after the terrorist attacks on November 13, 2015 (“État d’Urgence”, will be published in spring 2016 with spectorbooks Leipzig,). Her work is exhibited internationally and published in books.
In Bangalore, Bettina will work on the topic of mobility. She is very much interested to research this topic in a fast growing urban environment like Bangalore. She will be dealing with issues of transport, its use, efficiency, infrastructure and urban planning circling terms like speed/standstill, noise/silence, smog, heat, class, and gender, working on a visual presentation of her findings.

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