This time, the Photobook Quartet discusses the book "Ren Hang" by the Chinese photographer of the same name, who took his own life in 2017 at the age of only 29. Although his career as a photographer lasted only six years, he was one of China's most controversial contemporary photographers. His trademarks included transgressing moral and social taboos and showing his friends mostly naked and in more or less sexualised postures and absurd, provocative stagings.
Everything is up in the Air, thus our Vertigo
I can make you feel good
Gabor Arion Kudasz
Christina de Middel
The Perfect Man
Fragment of Everyday Life
Based on the "Literary Quartet", Damian Zimmermann and Nadine Preiß (both Photoszene), Markus Schaden and Frederic Lezmi (The PhotoBookMuseum), Wolfgang Zurborn (Lichtblick School), Oliver Rausch and Frank Dürrach (both Fotoakademie-Koeln) as well as a changing guest discuss four photo books live and in front of an audience, sometimes lovingly and benevolently, sometimes meanly and maliciously, their heads hot. The events will be recorded by FotoTV and then put online. The Photobook Quartet is a format of the Internationale Photoszene Köln. The first event took place within the framework of the Photoscene Festival 2014 at the Museum of Applied Arts Cologne (MAKK), followed by the Photobook Quartet+ as a guest in the art spaces of the Michael Horbach Foundation, the Forum for Photography, the Zephyr in Mannheim and during the Cologne Art Book Fair 2015. Guests of previous editions were Renate Gruber, Claudia Dichter, Alexa Becker, Katja Stuke, Thekla Ehling, Erik Kessels, Bettina Flitner, Dr. Anja Schürmann, David Klammer, Simone Klein, and Thomas Gust.