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The exhibition will present the photographic work of Helga Paris from 1968 to 2011. With 275 works, including many individual images and series that are to be shown for the first time, this will be her most comprehensive exhibition to date and the first retrospective of the artist in her home city of Berlin in 25 years. Among others, excerpts from the extensive Leipzig, Hauptbahnhof (1978), Moscow (1991/92) and Mein Alex (2011) series will be seen for the first time.
Helga Paris was born in 1938 in the Polish town of Goleniów (formerly Gollnow) and grew up in Zossen near Berlin. She began her work as a self-taught photographer in the 1960s. She became one of the key chroniclers of life in East Berlin with images of her neighbourhood in the Berlin district of Prenzlauer Berg, pictures of pub-goers, sanitation workers, the women from the VEB Treffmodelle clothing factory, artists, punks, children from Hellersdorf and passers-by from Alexanderplatz. Helga Paris also took photographs in Transylvania (1980), Georgia (1982) and in the city of Halle. (1983–1985), where she produced her Diva in Grau series that was not allowed to be shown until 1989, as well as in Volgograd (1990), New York (1995) and Poland (1996/97), among others.
Welcome by academy President Jeanine Meerapfel, Berlin Senator Klaus Lederer, Ellen Strittmatter of ifa and curator Inka Schube.
An Akademie der Künste exhibition in cooperation with ifa.