Since 1999 Joachim Froese has concentrated mainly on the still life genre. His work is inspired by art history as well as and his life as a migrant and a family history across three continents. His laboriously assembled constructs question the inherent nature of the photographic image as a reflection of the real. Over the years he has developed a distinct approach towards photography and a unique image language.
His first series ‘Rhopography’ (1999 – 2003) consists of black/white images of dead insects and decaying fruit, which refer to concepts and ideas underpinning Baroque painting. Since 2006 his still lifes focus on his personal family history. The three series ‘Portrait of my Mother’ (2006), ‘written in the past’ (2007), and ‘Archive’ (2008) all deal with his mother’s death and the following grieving process. In his latest work ‘Tell him it is all a transition’ he shows letters his German grandfather wrote from World War II until he became a Russian prisoner of war and eventually died.
Froese works in black/white and well as colour. He creates photographic tableaux, in which each work is made up of a number of individual photographs, sometimes creating tableaux up to 35 meters.
Joachim Froese was born in Montreal/Canada, grew up in Germany and migrated to Australia in 1991. He currently divides his life between Berlin and Brisbane. He works regularly as sessional lecturer for photography in Australia and Germany and has given guest lectures at numerous universities and art institutions around the world.
He has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows across Australia, Europe, Asia and North America and his work is included in a number public collections, including the National Gallery of Australia.
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