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Wallflower Opening - Katrin Koenning "Dear Chris"

10 October 2014

Opening Friday 10 October 5: 00 - 7: 00 (Exhibition is open until November 14)

DEAR CHRIS is the final exhibition for the Wallflower Photomedia Gallery 2014 calendar. It is a series of colour photographs and a video work that will be exhibited across the three gallery spaces. Artist Katrin Koenning will be in Mildura for the exhibition opening and welcomes press interviews.


 
Project Statement:
On the 5th of August 2010, at twenty-nine years, Chris ended his own life. Husband to Alana, my cousin, he was family.
His death came almost exactly a year after he attempted suicide in one of the grand State Forests of his native Queensland, Australia. Something went wrong, or maybe he clung on, back then. After four days in a forest so deep that family and friends all but failed to find him, he walked himself to help. I’m not sure when exactly his depression first showed face. I never knew him any different. Highly intelligent, he was trapped within himself, a cage with no apparent way out. He fought for years; it was a front-row battle that lacked a level playing field. He spoke about it, you know, about the drugs that were supposed to make him feel ok, about his state of mind, about all the doctors. Often though he’d sit there in silence. He dreamt of being a pilot, of doing other things.
Dear Chris is engaged with the connection between loss, ritual and memory. Rather than following a linear narrative, the project is made of three interchangeable ‘chapters’: vernacular pictures from Chris’ childhood Album, photographs of some of Chris’ objects kept by Alana, and finally photographs of places of significance to Chris – his story, and ours.

Artist Bio:
Born and raised in Germany’s Ruhr Area, Katrin Koenning is a Melbourne-based photographic artist who regularly exhibits nationally and internationally. Her work has been shown at renowned festivals such as the New York Photo Festival and Noorderlicht. Koenning’s images have been published in The Photographer’s Sketchbook (Thames & Hudson), Hijacked III, The Guardian, The New York Times and Der Spiegel amongst others. Koenning is the recipient of numerous awards. She is a lecturer at Photography Studies College Melbourne, an advisor for Wallflower Photomedia Gallery and is represented by Edmund Pearce Gallery.
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