18 Jul 2018

July artwork of the month

Helga Kohl, Together, Analogue photography, 2007

Helga Kohl was born in Silesia, Poland in 1943 and immigrated to West Germany in 1958 now Germany. It was at the age of 18 that she started exploring the camera and different light effects. She attended a two year internship at an architecture and fine arts photography studio in Australia.  Her achievements include having represented Namibia in Mozambique in 2006 and having a solo travelling exhibition in SADC and Ethiopia in 2006-2007. Her mastery was acknowledged once more in the selection of her Elizabeth Bay works for the 2015 BAMAKO ENCOUNTERS. Kohl’s photographs are in collections in Europe and the United States of America including the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. In Africa her photographs are in the National Museum of Photography in Bamako as well as the National Art Gallery of Namibia, the National Archives of Namibia and the Namibian Arts Association. Kohl won the 2008 Bank Windhoek Triennial second and third places in the digital category for her  works 'Together' and 'Friendship' respectively.

The artwork of the month  titled “Together” was taken as part of the project ‘Art in the Space’ by Julius Rolf. As a testimony to the integrity of classic photography her works are the outcome of informed choices made prior to the actual moment the photograph is taken. There is no editing or manipulation of the image. Her profound understanding of natural light ensures that both the clarity and fresh luminosity of reflected sunlight and subtle nuances of shadow resonate in her photographs. 

Her exhibition titled "Perspectives" is on at the NAGN until 28 July 2018.

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