Joachim Brohm | Trinity Project

December 3 - 30, 2016


Mana Contemporary Chicago presents The Trinity Project, an exhibition of works by architects Schulz und Schulz and photographers Joachim Brohm and Valentina Seidel. Schulz und Schulz designed the new St. Trinitatis church in Leipzig, which opened in 2015 to much critical acclaim. Brohm and Seidel worked closely with the architects over a period of three years on a book that explores the process of building the church. Through image selection and sequencing, Brohm and Seidel reveal multifaceted relationships between the urban, historical, topographical and societal factors involved in the church‘s construction. Ultimately, their photographs probe the tension between rationality and subjectivity, narrative order and openness, past and present, as well as simplicity and complexity—thus creating a clear link to the architecture of Ansgar and Benedikt Schulz.

This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Goethe Institute, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago and funded by the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony, in cooperation with the Mies van der Rohe Society.

Artist talk: December 1, 2016 6pm (RSVP here)
Public opening reception: December 3, 2016 1pm – 3pm

Joachim Brohm studied at the Folkwang School Essen and Ohio State University, Columbus OH. Since 1993 he has been a professor of photography at the Academy of Fine Arts, Leipzig. Brohm has had numerous individual and group exhibitions in Europe and the US, and his photographs are in many collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Saint Louis Art Museum, Museum Ludwig Cologne, and Pinakothek der Moderne Munich. He lives and works in Leipzig.

Valentina Seidel studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig from 1994 until 2001, where she received her master’s degree in photography. She has made work and had projects and exhibitions in Japan, Australia and Europe including at the Design-Museum London, Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig, and Galerie Fotohof Salzburg. Seidel has published numerous monographs including ‘Eigenbrot’ Salzburg 2014. She lives and works in Leipzig.