Konstanze Habermann

The expectation and belief that photography depicts reality and therefore must be real, is a truth refuted for a long time. A photograph is not a depiction of the world but the creation of its own reality. While this awareness puts the expectations of documentary photography in reproducing the world into question, it allows dramatised photography to appear more authentic. If photography is not depicting the truth, then the conscious creation of its own reality, divorced from the real world, must be permitted. Against this background, an attempt to decode the symbols presented in these works as means of iconographical interpretation seems unnecessary or even meaningless. There is no personification or allegory depicted in the pictures that is universally recognisable as general knowledge or general cultural expression. These works are pictorial realisations of the imagination of Konstanze Habermann and as such, they become their own reality - visible to the viewer.