Exhibitions

2018

Diaolou – The watchtowers of Kaiping

and other works
Sabine Bungert and Stefan Dolfen
Wissenschaftspark Gelsenkirchen
24. May – 1. September 2018

Hundreds of watchtowers, the Diaolou, can be found in the Chinese province of Guangdong. Our documentation of the Kaiping Diaolou continues the central aspect of our previous work. Here, the signs of migration become visible in architecture once again. Today, the Kaiping Diaolou are seen as contemporary witnesses of the emigration history of overseas Chinese from Kaiping. Due to their unique architecture, some of the Kaiping Diaolou were given the status of World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 2007.

Today, the Diaolou are very different from traditional Chinese residential housing. Apart from gothic, baroque and rococo elements, the influence of ancient Greek, Roman and Islamic architectural style can be identified. A unique combination of Chinese and western architecture was formed. The Kaiping Diaolou display the earliest adaptation of western influences in rural areas of China.

The project „Diaolou“ was supported by Stiftung Kulturwerk der VG Bild-Kunst.

2017

Chikan

Sabine Bungert and Stefan Dolfen
10. Wiesbadener Fototage
26. August bis 10. September 2017
2016

Arrival Cities

Hongkong & Istanbul
Sabine Bungert and Stefan Dolfen
Städtische Galerie Iserlohn
26. August – 9. October 2016
2016

Arrival Cities

Hongkong & Istanbul
Sabine Bungert and Stefan Dolfen
Forum Kunst & Architektur
Organiser: BDA Bund Deutscher Architekten
17. April bis 13. May 2016
2015

Natural World
A day on the beach

Kolga Tbilisi Photo 2015
Kolga Award
Tiflis, Georgien

The photo project Natural World (Conceptual photo project category) and the photo A day on the beach (One shot category) were chosen by the KOLGA AWARD international jury members among the best photos of the year 2015. The photos were exhibited at KOLGA AWARD exhibition in Tbilisi, Georgia and they are printed in the annual photo catalogue.

A day on the beach
Cullercoats is an urban area of northeast England not far away from Newcastle upon Tyne. The Beach Cullercoats Bay is a popular destination for day visitors. It´s a region wich is concerned by high unemployment for a long time. Newcastle had been an industrial region but after the comedown of the coal and ship industry this area was dominated by poorness. I took this picture of a group of young children and their advisors in summer while the school holidays. They spent a day on the beach.

Natural World
In this project I want to turn the spotlight on our dealings with nature, notably, wild animals. Being shaped by culture and civilisation we tend draw a romantic image of those „wild creatures“ of nature and projects unfulfilled experiences wishes onto the animal. The animals‘ surrounding is the central aspect of this project.

I am searching for indications and manifestations in human and animal behaviour to capture the points of intersection between civilisation and wilderness. I take pictures of encounters in the wild and combine these with photos taken in modern zoological gardens and dioramas in natural history museums, which try to create an illusion of nature. This combination reveals a complex relation between man, nature and animal.

2015

Corinna und Anna

Photonews
Nr. 5/15
2014/2015

Projektzeit

Wissenschaftspark Gelsenkirchen
28. November 2014 – 21. February 2015
Opening: 28.11.2014, 7:00 pm.

The Exhibition Projektzeit displays new projects from photographers of the Pixelprojekt Ruhrgebiet and is part of: bild.sprachen – Plattform für Fotografie und Fotoprojekte „Surprise me“. Stefan Dolfen and I show pictures of the work „The Mythological City – Signs & Structures“.

The Mythological City – Signs & Structures
Sabine Bungert & Stefan Dolfen

Los Angeles is one of the most heterogeneous cities of the world and marked by an extreme urban sprawl. More than 12 million people live in the metropolitan region of Los Angeles. There is a large variety of ethnic groups and styles of life. Los Angeles is a city which does not look like a coherent unit, there is no obvious centre. An extensive road network traverses the metropolis passing countless suburbs. The city changes all the time. The popoulation of White and African Americans decreases, while the Asian and Hispanic popolution is growing.
Successful migrants move to wealthy districts, while a lot of new migrants settle in poorer areas of the city. This anti-urban character is a very characteristic feature of Los Angeles – the multifaceted population of this city is joined together in a giant village.

There are many signs and structures in Los Angeles, which exhibit how people feel and live in this city. Some are helpful for orientation or refer to the infrastructure, like streets, crossings and traffic signs. Others require more of an associative point of view, like murals, film posters or advertising. Signs are a form of communication and offer a lot of information. Whether the murals in Sun Valley, a Clown advertisement for a liquer shop or the huge Hollywood film posters, all of them are reports of the life, hope and failure in this city. These signs and structures visualise the aura of City of Los Angeles.

An exhibition catalogue has been published.

2014

FotoAffairs

Depot Dortmund
The exhibition is organised by Freelens

D-Day
Once a year one can behold a scenario at the shores and beaches of Normandy, which seems most bizarre. It‘s D-Day – and militarists from various countries reenact the invasion of Normandy by the Allied Forces. Men, completely dressed in WWII uniforms and seemingly armed to the teeth, are crawling and crouchinig through the scenery once known as Omaha or Utah Beach. Cutting their way through craters and past bunker near Pointe du Hoc but also past vantage points, promenaders and tourists. Jeeps, Motorcycles and Tanks from the past are being presented, corniches and roads are frequented by patrols. Some Englishmen reenact the taking of a German emplacement by the US Ranger Batallion near Pointe du Hoc, just a few mile away from Omaha Beach. Frenchmen acting as US soldiers are freeing villages along the coast line. Dutchmen wearing fashion from the 40ies are taking a walk through history. A briefing with wounded (soldiers) and corpsmen is staged.

An exhibition catalogue has been published.

2013

Natural World

LWL-Museum für Naturkunde
Münster

The way we treat nature and wild animals in particular is the focus of Sabine Bungerts exhibition „Natural World“. Being shaped by culture and civilisation we tend to draw a romantic image of those creatures of nature. They represent everything we have been deprived of by our way of life and thus become an object of our desire. Sabine Bungert is interested in the consequences of this relationship, in the signs in which behaviours of man and animal manifest themselves and in the points of intersection between wild life and civilisation. The complex relation between them is also being expressed by the staging of the subject animal. Sabine Bungert combines this form of staging – the deliberate setup of exhibition rooms which try to mimic a natural environment in museums or zoos – with images of nature predominantly from North America where still huge wild life resorts can be found

Münster, 2013

2012

Natural World

Fotogalerie Heeder
Krefeld
2012

Natural World

Produzentengalerie plan.d.
Düsseldorf
Exhibition with Sebastian Kalitzki
AUS Phaenomene 03
Permanent exhibition

Phenomena

Ruhr Museum
Essen

The exhibition „Phenomena“ displays the pictures of some photographers in various aspects. My pictures are shown in the category structural change. Coincident to the exhibition a book has been published: „Ruhr Museum, Natur. Kultur. Geschichte.“

The Ruhrgebiet has been undergoing an enormous process of transformation over the last half century. Once Europe’s largest coal und steel region, it is now on the way to becoming a service society known as the Ruhr metropolitan area. Working conditions, family structures and education have radically changed, along with leisure and cultural habits. For many years structural change was considered a threat because it produced high unemployment and social decline. But now that many of the worst crises have been overcome, this transformation is increasingly being regarded as a unique opportunity. The International Building Exhibition Emscher Park and the award of the title of European Capital of Culture (RUHR.2010) have provided the region with new momentum and visible recognition.

Source: Ruhr Museum

Ruhr Universitaet Bochum
Ruhr Universitaet Bochum
Ruhr Universitaet Bochum
2011

Deep in the West

Pixelprojekt Ruhrgebiet
Wissenschaftspark Gelsenkirchen

The Pixelprojekt Ruhrgebiet collects photography related to aspects of the Ruhr area. A jury choses a new series of photographies every year. These photos will be shown online and at an exhibition. My series „Deep in the West“ was elected in 2011. It focuses on the architectural design of the Ruhr-University Bochum.

Deep in the West
The architecture of the university buildings in Bochum triggers controversial discussion until this day. It is a typical remnant of the 60ies – concrete is the predominant material throughout the entire facility. „Form follows function“ was the basic principle for its drafts. Being the first newly founded university in the Federal Republic of Germany the campus was modelled after American campus layouts of that time. It is a functional architecture, answering the desire for modernism. While rebuilding the country one was looking for new forms of expression, trying to avoid anything that might relate to the country‘s recent history. Thus, a „University City“ had been built with more than 150 courses of study, a campus spanning more than three square kilometres, dorm rooms, a shopping centre, cinemas and a park for more than 30,000 students. A massive project of this time by architect Helmut Hentrich who drafted a „harbour in the ocean of science“. Today, the university‘s reputation as a „concrete wasteland“ has almost reach cult status as described by a student in his blog: „[…] for me, it is actually a cultural experience to lose my bearings in the vastness of those underground parking decks below the university every morning.“

2010

Beauty and the Bike

Darlington Media Group
England

Beauty and the Bike is a film- and photo project about bicycling in europe. More than about one year I took pictures of girls and young women in England and Germany. This project was founded by Richard Grassik and Beatrix Wuppermann. The portraits are published in a book and exhibited in Darlington along with the portraits of the English photographer Phil Dixon.

Beauty and the Bike
Street cred on a bike? For most Darlington teenagers, the bike is something to leave behind with your childhood. But in a lot of European towns and cities, the bike is a mark of cool, a fashion statement that also gives young people independence from their parents and public transport. DMG’s Beauty and the Bike invited teenage girls from Darlington to join their counterparts in a cycle-friendly city, Bremen in Germany, to explore their own ideas of street fashion – and whether the bike can play a part. A number of the group travelled to Bremen over Easter 2009 to meet their German co-participants, and a return visit to Darlington took place that summer.

After a year of documenting, the Media group released a 55 minute film on DVD and a two-language book in December 2009, with the launch in Darlington featuring an exhibition of the photographs of Phil Dixon and Sabine Bungert. Since then, the film has been screened across four continents, and continues to inspire cycling advocates from Wellington, New Zealand to Prague to California.

Source: Darlington Media Group

2008

Corinna and Anna

Darlington Media Group
England

Since 1994 I am running a long-term photo project about a mother and her daughter. Every year I take a portrait of Corinna and her daughter Anna in a strictly documentary style in front of a plain white background. This is done to detach them from their social surroundings and focus entirely on mother and daughter, providing an undisturbed and straight view for the beholder.

2004

Menschen im Ruhrgebiet

Pixelprojekt Ruhrgebiet
Wissenschaftspark Gelsenkirchen
2000

Places of life

European Award for women photographers
Prato, Italien (catalogue)
2000

Schwarzweiß und Farbe – Das Ruhrgebiet in der Fotografie

Ruhrlandmuseum Essen (catalogue)
1995

Mädchenbilder

Frauenmuseum, Bonn (catalogue)