Huastecan Cherubim II
Photograph : 51 x 51 inches ( 130 x 130 cm )
Inventory # 18742
Iwajla Klinke
German, Contemporary

Born in Greifswald, Germany, Iwajla Klinke studied art history, Islamic and Jewish studies at the Free University, Berlin, graduating in 2002. Recent solo exhibitions include Infantes, Museum Haus Lowenberg, Gengenbach; Oneironauts, Galerie Voss, Dusseldorf; Palindrom, Stadtische Galerie, Bad Reichenhall (all 2018) and Infantes, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris (2017). Her group exhibitions include Gates of Horn and Ivory, Kristin Hjellegjerde, Berlin; Ein Gemachter Mensch, Kallmann Museum, Munich (both 2018) and Collection Neuflize, Paris (2017). In 2014 she was the recipient of the Neuflize OBC Personnel Prize.

In her Ritual Memories series, presented at the third edition of SomoS’ Berlin Fashion Week exhibition on anthropology & fashion, Alter Angle, Klinke photographed adolescent, nude models adorned with strips of clothing and other props alluding to religious rituals in her Kreuzberg studio. Klinke forgoes retouching in her photographies.

Coming from a fascination for the sacred and how it manifests itself in intangible rituals as well as traditional garbs, Klinke started photographing children in ceremonial dress in rural European regions. A simple black backdrop and natural, soft light bring out the incredibly detailed attire or the simplicity of a plain dress. The simple set-up allows the portrayed children and their ritual robes to be the sole focus of the observer. Although all portraits have been taken in the 2010s, they all exude a sense of timelessness.