Fine Art: Semra Sevin Captures Angels in the World’s Metropolises
Berlin, Germany – Semra Sevin’s photography is world renown from it’s start in the Paris Fashion world to the thought evoking— mesmerizing pieces displayed in galleries from Europe to the United States. Her résumé boasts working for international advertising and fashion photographers such as Bharat Sikka, Herve Haddad, Blaise Reutersward and Andrea Spotorno and training at Santa Monica College in Los Angeles where she studied in film and screenwriting while working as a production and development assistant at Sony International TV.
Semra Sevin’s latest exhibition opened on November 11th and is ran until December 16th, at the renown Galerie Carpentier in Berlin. The exhibit presents two bodies of work from photographer Semra Sevin titled “Metropolitan Angel (Cherub).”
The concept revolves around three metropoles which are a magnet to artists and creatives from all over the world—Berlin, Los Angeles and New York.
The two series here reflect upon the search for identity. “Bodyreflections” consists of a selection of surprisingly experimental, multi-layered images. The second series captures the artists which Sevin met throughout the course of her life as a photographer. Each photograph in this collection is juxtaposed with a concept that mirrors a characteristic of every individual photographed.
Some of the personalities displayed in the exhibition are: Larry Bell, Joan Quinn, Alicja Kwade, Dewaine Valentine, Anselm Reyle, Tim Eitel, Gregor Hildebrandt, Despina Stokou, Nick Ut, Ed Moses, Julie Bennet Roberts and Gale Tattersall with his son.
“Bodyreflections” was created in a unique process where females are photographed nude and layers of foils or projections are arranged, “opening up a manifold of perspectives to the viewer.”
“At first glance there seems to be no definitive surface to these photographs, but rather an abundance of structures. These complex and distinctly orchestrated arrangements surprisingly offer up far more references to a “reality” than a purely documentary photographic style would. Sevin’s photographs lay within the tradition of experimental photography (Man Ray, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Hans Breder, among others) intertwining elements of abstraction and figuration.”
Below we get a glimpse of the most talked about exhibition in Europe.
Daniel Kannenberg, a renown artist from Berlin gives his perspective on Semra Sevin’s piece.
“The photo is the reflection of myself in a mirror, appearing half human, half ram skull. In my work I often reflect on the limitations of culture and civilization, assuming that we are rather driven by instinct than planning. From my point of view, the ram skull which mixes with my reflection symbolizes a certain kind of rage or irritation which is an essential force behind all kind of creative process.
Semra came to my studio as I was preparing for my first solo exhibition at Anna Jill Lüpertz Gallery, working on a series of so-called “Hobbyvoodoo”-sculptures, partly to be seen in the reflection. I think Semra Sevin is a very special photographer, showing sides of my personality I was aware of but never seen depicted so vividly.”
ALICJA KWADE, internationally renown and hailing from a dynasty of important galleries in Berlin: Johann König. On her website alicjakwade.com there is a great review of her work. You can see more from this outstanding artist here.
“Alicja is very professional and almost works like a German bureaucrat as an artist. Regularly, punctually, precisely. I was honoured she gave me what little time she had during her very busy work day,” Semra Sevin explained as she wanted her subjects in this collection to be defined by their characteristics and connection to this metropolis.
Alicja’s perspective on the connection between herself and the metropolis of Berlin:
“It’s a very free and wise city, it has experienced and seen a lot and this is why I think it allows a lot.”
MARTIN KWADE – brother of Alicja Kwade, and has a gallery called Kwadrat Gallery for up and coming artists
Martin’s perspective on Semra Sevin’s pieces. “Semra Sevin has mastered her unique photographing technique reflections and distortions to create a mysterious, multi-surfaced world. Semra does that really great! It was impressive how Semra photographed me, we had a beautiful evening. Semra uses assistants and different surfaces with which she operates right in front of your face, until she has exactly what she wants. My metropolis, Berlin is an awesome city! Most of my friends and artists I know live here. And I am always happy to welcome them in my gallery KWADRAT.”
Gregor Hildebrandt is the beau of Alicja Kwade, who exhibits internationally his fine works of art. Here he is depicted by Semra Sevin’s reflective work.
This reflections shows Gregor poised awaiting to take off to his next destination. Gregor Hildebrandt’s perspective on his exciting Metropolis. “I feel very comfortable in Berlin. I managed to build myself a good life here as an artist – with a beautiful studio to work in as well as a beautiful apartment, both in proximity of each other and affordable in price. Berlin is where I have my friends as well as most of my artist colleagues. Some of the best things in Berlin are the warm months, starting in May. I very much enjoy a Rose on Tor Street in Mitte and when the dawn sets after a whole night of partying at the beach. My most favorite bar in Berlin is Bar 3!” According to Berlin, Gregor is the quintessential life of the party.
Anselm Reyle’s big estate in Berlin is his own metropolis within the metropolis. He has some of the largest working spaces in Berlin where creativity and his world collide. Above all he is very generous, humble, kind and patient. Anselm is a real success who is represented by Gagosian Gallery. “He himself works with foils as well. So I mirrored his foils through my foils onto him. It was very interesting,” Semra explains.
Anselm responds, “Foil makes a lot of things look much better than in real life (naked eye). That’s one of the reasons I like to work with it.”
It truly provides a captivating vision of colors and spectrums not seen by the naked eye unless you have a very vivid imagination.
CHRISTOPH TANNERT has made numerous exhibitions for countless artists and decades in Berlin and has an enormous library of catalogues of artists that he sponsored via his institution Künstlerhaus Bethanien. Berlin’s art world benefits enormously from Christoph Tannert’s presence. Tannert is behind several art publications, art societies and on the board of art festivals.
Christoph Tannert, the Artistic Director of Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin gave his perspective on Semra’s reflective piece.
Tannert: The image is like a proof of my existence, full of secrets. Semra captivates a portrait of a person from the art world as a piece of a puzzle. What I embrace in this piece is response capacity and the emotional experience. It captivates that the reflection of the enormous library is like Berlin, which is a melting pot with crazy subcultures under Prussian leadership, ungovernable and p.c. in the same moment.
Collision of Metropolises LA & Berlin
JOAN QUINN a big supporter of the arts in L.A., sold and bought from young artists who are now superstars and where exhibited in Berlin as well in the Martin Gropius Bau.
“She was painted and drawn and photographed by the most prolific artists in the whole world, including David Hockney and many more. So it was a great honour to photograph her,”Said Semra Sevin who is inspired by her support.
Social: What are your sentiments about Semra’s photographic piece of you?
Joan Quinn: “I was thrilled with the final photo….Semra painstakingly built a set for me to stand in the mirrors and the reflections of my portraits by other artists was the cornerstone of her creation. I think semra found a time capsule of my past and incorporated it in a photograph that tells the story of times gone by….a passage of time shown through various artistic reproductions of my life.
I see myself at different times depicted by a variety of artists…Semra collaged the images of the days gone by and made a photograph that takes me into the present.
It is a personal story told through the eyes of an artist who knows and respects her subject, an artist who isn’t afraid to pay homage to works by other colleagues in the art world, works by which she created a unique piece of photography.”
Social: Tell me what is your favorite thing about the Metropolitan City you represent?
Joan Quinn: “Berlin…it is a special city intertwined with the present, the future and the past…the past of good and evil…the past of culture and drought….the past of love and hate all working to make the present a city of enlightenment…”
Hollywood cinematographer and photographer for the TV Series House, Grace & Frankie and many more.
Gale gave us his perspective on the piece,”I think this image of myself and Rio, my son, is very spiritual. We are bonded together, as one. It is also a beautiful image… it causes the viewer to study the layers and contemplate… who is who? Are we indeed one, or two… interwoven?
From a technical point of view, the image is masterfully crafted… the lighting, the texture, the balance of light and shadow, leave nothing to be desired. A wonderful piece!”
The rest of the Semra Sevin’s Angels in the World’s Metropolises collection will debut their exposé in New York City and The Hamptons in 2017. Subscribe to Social Magazine to be invited to Semra Sevin‘s Exhibition Gala.