Have you ever been to an Annual Show at an Art Academy?

5 Highlights from the class of photography at University of Art and Design Offenbach

Almost all art academies and universities provide an exciting opportunity for their students to showcase their final project of the year when they are turned into a big gallery space.

Last weekend, the University of Art and Design Offenbach opened its doors at three different locations to present its students work.

The Art department of the University also includes a Photography class, which is run by Professor Martin Liebscher, a very well-known photographer himself, who has studied at Städelschule Frankfurt with Martin Kippenberger and Thomas Bayrle and won numerous prices. Since 2007 he has been teaching at University Offenbach. His photography class aims to “tackle the artistic possibilities of digital and analogue pictorial invention” (quote from the university’s website).

His students showcased their final and best works at Isenburger Castle, one of the locations of the University.

I was profoundly surprised by the quality of the photographs, the freshness of ideas, and clear transformation into images. Most of the students have already developed a characteristic visual language.

Among them Laura Brichta, who has created a series of photographs, which show parts of human bodies aesthetically dropped in a room that hint at a hidden story. The artist was awarded a special prize by Offenbach University.

Laura Brichta, “Von Feldwegen und Fischfang” (“About Field Paths and Fishing”), 2016. Photo: RPR

Jakob Otter wants to look beyond surfaces that he has photographed by showing industrial products and elements with a hint of nature (see the car and the blue sky).

Jakob Otter, “Camouflage”, 2016/17. Photo: RPR

Joschua Arnaut got inspired for his works by Michel Foucault’s theory of power. In his set of three photographs, he captured sharp edges and framing inside and outside that result in powerful lines and high contrasts in his pictures.

Joschua Arnaut, “Post-Panoptic Portraits”, 2017. Photo: RPR

Dennis Haustein investigates origins of nature and landscape as well as the contemporary environment in his photographs.

Dennis Haustein, “Irrational Longing”, 2017. Photo: RPR

Annika Grabold, also a prize-winner with her series “Flut” (“Flood”, 2017), that show empty rooms that are meant to be fictive places to relax and invite to think clearly without any disruption.

Annika Grabold, “Flut” (“Flood”), 2017. Photo: RPR

A lot of food for thought and great aesthetics to remember.

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