JIM RAKETE – STAND DER DINGE
Portraits for the Deutsche Filmmuseum Frankfurt am Main
10.2. – 11.03.2011
Berlin-based photographer, Jim Rakete, has spent the past year working on a series of portraits of German filmmakers, which shall serve as a synopsis of German film and accompany the re-opening of the Deutsche Filmmuseum in the summer of 2011. The project was originally conceived to feature a select “hall-of-fame” collection of portraits, but has since grown to encompass the current 100 photographs due to the excitement of the contributors, and the diversity of generations and professions within them. Kunsthalle Koidl is proud to be able to present the core of this exhibition, Rakete’s declaration of love for German film, in conjunction with Berlinale 2011.
The titel STAND DER DINGE was inspired by Wim Wender’s film under the same name, created 20 years ago. Set on the Portugese Atlantic Coast, a film crew is forced to halt work and wait for financial support from America. The director goes on a search for investors, while the entire crew is damned to sit idle in the hotel. The poor stand of the project is symbolized by Wim Wender’s auteur, come to the financial end. Today’s film landscape is vastly different, in which there exists no shortage of talent, or interesting personalities. Rakete’s exhibition is confrontation of these famous characters with requisites of their former roles. Director Volker Schlöndorff holds his original metal drum, Wim Wenders his shiny Michelin Man from one of his film Im Lauf der Zeit. In Nora Tschirner’s cleavage, one can see the earless bunny rabbit (Keinohrhase), Moritz Bleibtreu unloads the Beretta clip from Knockin on Heaven’s Door, and Jeannette Hain stands with only a cello in the forest. Can a role be recognized through a piece of clothing, a location? In this case, the small objects from films, which play key roles for the protagonists, may serve as triggers of remembrance.
JIM RAKETE – STAND DER DINGE with Götz George, Michael Ballhaus, Till Schweiger, Tom Tykwer, Jürgen Vogel, Mario Adorf, Nina Hoss, Daniel Brühl and many more.
Jim Rakete (*1st of January 1951) is a German photographer and photo journalist. At the young age of seventeen he started work for daily newspapers and agencies. He photographed Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles, David Bowie and Mick Jagger among others. Rakete had his legendary photo agency „the Fabrik“ in Berlin-Kreuzberg from 1977 until 1987. During this period he not only worked as a photographer, but also as a music producer and manager. Nina Hagen, Nena, Spliff and Die Ärtzte are among the most famous bands that he worked with. Since 1987, he has dedicated all his time to photography. Since then he has portrayed many stars from the German and international music- and film industry. The nurturing of newcomers is one of his special interests. After a longer stay in Hamburg, the photographer moved back to Berlin and has his studio in Kreuzberg since 2001.