Ricarda Roggan

Galerie EIGEN + ART | Berlin

Ricarda Roggan is decidedly different from the current crop of young artists from Leipzig, who favor a decoratively painted amalgamation of Photoshop realism and sampled figures. Roggan’s photographs, which were included in last year’s Berlin Biennial, are characterized by a brittle reductionism close to the documentary style of the ’70s. She studied at Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig with Timm Rautert, whose photographic reportage of factories beginning in the ’60s greatly influenced the way that daily life was presented artistically in West Germany.

Born in Dresden in 1972, Roggan witnessed the demise of the GDR as a teenager. Thus, she brings something of an insider’s perspective to her analysis of the functional aesthetic that was the Socialist response to the Bauhaus. The subjects of her photographs are the actual sites of this lost Socialism: East Germany’s Plattenbauten

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