Portraits 1996-2001

 

…Göran Gnaudschun has photographed with stunning

sincerity. It is obvious; the portrayed are friends, fellows,

kindred spirits. No namby-pambies, not the pop smugness

of the fashion punx with their gear and its calculated

untidiness, who smell incredibly like a fresh shower.

At the Berliner Kunststiftung Poll, there is an entire

chain of portraits, which Gnaudschun has put together:

photographs of young people between 20 and 30 – with

piercings, dreadlocks, shaved heads, a lot that rest in

their own shadows and a sort from the wilderness. This is

no Hall of Fame – but a Street of the Best, at least, who

go their own way and know that it’s not Champagne that

pulsates through their heart’s chambers. Gnaudschun has

photographed the portrayed in such a way that a small

distance holds to the viewer; not everyone comes so easily

into this microcosm. That’s why the iconoclastic is so

engaging from this perspective. These pictures are openly

demanding of changing times yet incredibly melancholic.

Listless theoretical discharges over a frightening world

do not prevail in them, but rather something like the

beguiling charm of a fiercely euphoric outbreak…

 

Christoph Tannert (Künstlerhaus Bethanien)

in a radio feature on «Radio Kultur» from 16-11-2001