Katja Stuke at IFFR
`Die Böhm', a photographic cooperation between the artist friends Katja Stuke and Oliver Sieber, is a project that has appeared since September 1999 in the form of a magazine. It is published about four times a year in Düsseldorf, each time with a different umbrella subject. The photographic project reflects the differences, but also the similarities between the visual interest of both artists. They work independently of each other: the photos by one form a commentary, addition or new framework of interpretation for the photos of the other. For the episode 'Frau Böhm: Unser Film', original locations of legendary Hollywood films have been sought out and photographed in their present state. Looking for the fictional in the real, in some cases the spectacular elements of reality can barely be found; other locations are not even accessible anymore. The viewer's expectations and associations automatically evoked by these places are charmingly provided with a question mark.
My Personal Hitchcock
Storyboards summarise a complete film in just a few images. A sequence of apparently loose images is transformed with the fantasy and ideas of the viewer into action. In her work `My Personal Hitchcock', Katja Stuke combines still images from several films by Alfred Hitchcock into a new, personal storyboard. By taking film images out of their original context, she manages to create a new space of interpretation, even though we know where the images come from. In this way, she creates an opportunity for the viewer to construct complex, individual stories, in which we can project our own thoughts and ideas.