about

Artist Statement:

I’ve travelled the world to follow my passion–photographing posterwalls–exploring the art of collague both natural and man-made as I go. Influenced by wind and weather, dripping rain and fading sunlight mixed with human vandalism, advertisements are changed into something new, something one of a kind. I search for these historically cultural moments and freeze them with my camera, stopping further decay by the preservation of that moment. These collages are in their own way alive. Developing every day as layers are added or stripped. I search for the perfect moment between relevance and destruction, picking out hints of local life or political strife among the bold colors and words used to sell events and commodities.

Since 2003 I’ve explored these phenomena in over 25 countries, taking the photographs that lead to my first book „Plakatief – A World in Layers“, pubished by Kerber Verlag in 2011 and nominated for the „Deutscher Fotobuchpreis 2012“ (German Photo Book Award 2012).

In 2005 it became clear that the next step in developing my understanding of the poster collage was to make them myself, and using a combination of collage and decollage techniques began to build my own works of cultural reference. Sourcing most of my materials from beloved Berlin, but also collecting pieces along my travels enabled me to develop work that mixed cultural references in a way my photography never could.

In 2009 I took the exploration of these techniques one-step further and began building iconic images and large scale Portraits with these techniques. Along with a series of alternative and interactive approaches to presentation, these pieces have become the focus of my recent exhibitions and an excitingly diverse concept that I continue to explore.

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VITA Pola Brändle

1980 born in Aachen, DE
1999 – 2003 Academy of Fine Arts, NL

Since 2003 trips to the following countries:
Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, France, Andorra, Spain, Portugal, Grait Britain, Ireland, Norway, Iceland, Estonia, Poland, Kroatia, Tschech Republic, Slowenia, Greece, Israel, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, USA, Hungary, Turkey

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Exhibitions (selected):

2014
POSITIONS BERLIN Art Fair | Berlin, DE
Kellergalerie Art.ig | Vienna, AUS
Casa Museo de Mijas | Mijas, ES
MMG Gallery | Budapest, HU
Open Air Gallery | Berlin, DE
Offene Ateliers | Berlin, DE
MAMÜ Gallery | Budapest, HU
Kunstetage K55 | Heilbronn, DE
Beirut Contemporary Art Fair | Beirut, LB

2013
Russlandhaus | Berlin, DE
3 Punts Galerie | Berlin, DE
Mianki.Gallery | Berlin, DE
Russian Theater Association | Moscow, RUS
German Embassy | Moscow, RUS
Stadtmuseum | Yalova, TUR
Viena | Cas Concos, ES

2012
Galerie Michael Nolte | Münster, DE
Viena | Cas Concos, ES
Galeria K | Palma de Mallorca, ES
Exhibition Series ArtDinner | Cas Concos, ES
Galerie – Freitag 18.30 | Aachen, DE

2011
Galerie Freitag 18.30 | Aachen, DE
Berliner Kunstsalon | Berlin, DE
Rialto Living | Palma de Mallorca, ES
Galeria Flohr | Santanyi, ES
Son Vent | Cas Concos, ES
Statkraft | Düsseldorf, DE

2010
Galeria BCN untitled | Barcelona, ES
CoCA – Center on Contemporary Art | Seattle, Washington, USA
Little Dog | Brunswick, Maine, USA
TEASE ART FAIR #4 | Cologne, DE
A.T. Kearney GmbH | Berlin, DE
Galerie Meisterschüler | Berlin, DE

2009
Kunstsalon Europa | Berlin, DE
YBDD Showroom | Berlin, DE
WerkStadt Berlin | Berlin, DE
Café & Hotel Sarotti-Höfe | Berlin, DE

2008
Galerie Borchert+Schelenz | Berlin, DE
Vosspalais >Kunstschau Berlin< | Berlin, DE

2007
Galerie Amadeus Art | Berlin, DE
Galerie Borchert+Schelenz  | Berlin, DE

2006
Galerie Borchert+Schelenz | Berlin, DE
Galerie Meisterschüler | Berlin, DE
A.T. Kearney GmbH | Berlin, DE
boulevART am Ku’Damm | Berlin, DE

2005
Tilke Engeneers and Architects | Aachen, DE
Erholungsgesellschaft Aachen | Aachen, DE

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Art Fair Participations
TEASE ART FAIR #4 | 2011 | Cologne, Germany
Beirut Contemporary Art Fair | 2014 | Beirut, Lebanon
Art Fair – Berliner Kunstsalon | 2010 | Berlin, Germany
Awards and Scholarships

Awards and Scholarships
Yalova Biennale | 2013 | Yalova, Turkey
Nomination Deutscher Fotobuchpreis 2012 (German Photobook Award) | 2012 | Germany
Tent Award | 2003 | Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Charity Auctions

Charity Auctions
Benefiz Auktion Telefonseelsorge, Berlinische Galerie | 2013 | Berlin, Germany
6. Kunstauktion | 2013 | Berlin, Germany
Junge Kunst Rockt, Hardrock Café | 2012 | Munich, Germany
5. Kunstauktion | 2012 | Berlin, Germany

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Publications:

„Plakatief – A World in Layers“, Photography book, published in english at Kerber Verlag in 2011
Editor: Pola Brändle

„Urban Constellations“
Editor: Matthew Gandy
Date of publication: November 2011

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