VERO BIELINSKI: DIVERSITY MEETS BROOKLYN HIPSTERS
The exhibition shows 21 photographic works by the Bad Homburg-based photo artist Vero Bielinski as a cross-section of her series Brooklyn Hipsters and DIVERSITY. In her hipster series from 2012/13, which was also published as an artist book, she portrays an urban, superficial and consumer-oriented subculture, full of a longing for individuality, while the protagonists of her DIVERSITY series play with outdated role models and gender clichés — an “in between”, that goes beyond socially ingrained stereotypes and lights up in the pictures in a refreshingly natural way.
14 September 2022 – 8 October 2022
On 14 September at 6 pm all are invited to the opening reception at the gallery. The artist is present.
The following works are presented in the show:
DIVERSITY MEETS BROOKLYN HIPSTERS
Brooklyn Hipsters Vero Bielinski (b. 1988, Bad Homburg) embarks on a journey into the microcosm of the hipster phenomenon. Hipsters — an urban, superficial and consumer-oriented subculture, full of a longing for individuality, which has its origins in New York. Fashion is its strongest means of expression. They use the street as a stage to see and be seen. With expressive portraits and aesthetic snapshots, Vero Bielinski shows the sensitivities of individuals who strive for uniqueness but already wear a uniform.
DIVERSITY The characters depicted in Vero Bielinski’s photographs impressively demonstrate that the world is colourful, diverse and complex. The people portrayed play self-confidently with outdated role models and gender clichés, and an “in between” that goes beyond socially ingrained stereotypes lights up in the pictures in a refreshingly natural way. Vero Bielinski’s photographs are sometimes just as shrill as their protagonists — unique pieces where the details matter, always powerful and positive. They are artistic in the best sense of the word, as well as political at the same time. The project shows portraits of non-binary genderqueer scenes, transgender people and their activists from New York, San Francisco, Oakland, Berlin and Frankfurt am Main.
(Text by Christian Kaufmann)
“It is important to come clean and to keep showing everyone that diversity is reality and the key to a balanced, diverse and strong coexistence. Instead of getting off and retreating, people need to come together, share their values and shape the world. It takes cohesion, support and courage. Courage to experiment, courage to be different, courage to be individual. The exhibition mainly shows portraits of activists from various genderqueer communities who are committed to queer rights. I want to fill a gap in understanding to counter discrimination. The pictures show the energy and intense joie de vivre that emanates from playing with female and male attributes. There’s a lot to discover!” (Vero Bielinski).