Annette Kisling

Palais für Aktuelle Kunst

Annette Kisling trains her photographic gaze on unspectacular, quotidian surroundings. Often she treats architectural subjects—row houses, housing developments, or allotment gardens—occasionally also taking up other, less clearly definable traces of civilization, such as traffic signs, fences, or furniture, any of which the camera may inspect in close-up, or at a distance as empty signifiers in the landscape. She has also made some nature studies—pictures of overgrown parks or grassy dunes—but her cityscapes in particular bear such a distinct mark of human presence that one often has to look at them for some time to realize that there are never any people visible in them.

In her recent exhibition “Partie,” the Berlin-based artist showed photographs from ten series dating from 2004 to 2010. Their sober black and white might at first lead one to think that Kisling is a documentarian. But it

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