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Of Love, Death and Life

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From 7 to 15 October 2017, Hamburg’s Westwerk Gallery presents the exhibition One Circle, Episode I-VI with photographs by Fred Hüning.

Born in 1966, Fred Hüning studied at the Ostkreuzschule in Berlin. In his graduation project, he addressed the personal tragedy of a still-born baby, and the fear-laden wish for a second, healthy child. The series was honoured with the Lotto Brandenburg Art Award in 2007, and published by Peperoni Books in a small edition in 2010. In 2011, Hüning continued his family narrative in the volume Zwei (documenting the beginning of a great love) and Drei (about the close bond between mother and child, and the magic of childhood), both of which were also published in small editions. Eventually, this long sold-out trilogy was collated into one book, and released by Peperoni Books under the title of One Circle.

Following this publication, the photographer originally intended to focus on topics outside of his family life. However, his discovery of the six-volume, autobiographical writings of Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgård inspired him to carry on and create a similar project within the photo book genre. As a result, the book Two Mothers will be released in October 2017.

Two Mothers consists of three series: a narrative about the artist’s own mother, in the form of a study of solitude and loneliness (!Faith!), an exploration of love after ten years together (!Love!), and the story of a summer’s day in the life and imaginary world of a ten-year-old boy (!Hope!). This last section also features drawings by Hüning’s son, Rocco Bofinger.

The Westwerk Gallery now presents a cross-section of works from all six series, complemented by drawings by Rocco Bofinger.

For further information visit Westwerk, Fred Hüning and Peperoni Books

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