IMAGINARY CLUB - PhMuseum

IMAGINARY CLUB

Oliver Sieber

2008 - 2012

For many years Oliver Sieber has been asking young people to appear before his

camera, people whose clothing is associated with a specific subculture, be it punk, skin,

teddy boy, rockabilly, goth, etc. Many are extravagantly styled, yet while sometimes the

look is an elaborate act, other times an individual figure’s appearance strikes the artist’s

interest. Despite the narrow frame and the precision of the photographic depiction, the

form of Sieber’s portraits lends the models a certain freedom. Seemingly lost in their

thoughts, staring into the distance, they exude an autonomy, a presence within themselves

at the moment when the image is made. This freedom also corresponds to the

manner in which Sieber displays the pictures in the most recent presentation of his work.

In Imaginary Club the figures are not arranged according to types, instead the photographer

combines the images of different color series with black and white shots of

street scenes or concerts. In these juxtapositions of different styles and locations he

creates an “imaginary club”, a co-existence of diverse styles that define themselves by

the way in which they diverge from mainstream society. The fact that the portraits were

created in Europe, the U.S. and Japan indicates how the shadowy apparitions of subcultures

propagate themselves and are modified in the globalized pop underground.

Florian Ebner, Museum Folkwang

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  • For many years Oliver Sieber has been asking young people to appear before his
    camera, people whose clothing is associated with a specific subculture, be it punk, skin,
    teddy boy, rockabilly, goth, etc. Many are extravagantly styled, yet while sometimes the
    look is an elaborate act, other times an individual figure’s appearance strikes the artist’s
    interest. Despite the narrow frame and the precision of the photographic depiction, the
    form of Sieber’s portraits lends the models a certain freedom. Seemingly lost in their
    thoughts, staring into the distance, they exude an autonomy, a presence within themselves
    at the moment when the image is made. This freedom also corresponds to the
    manner in which Sieber displays the pictures in the most recent presentation of his work.
    In Imaginary Club the figures are not arranged according to types, instead the photographer
    combines the images of different color series with black and white shots of
    street scenes or concerts. In these juxtapositions of different styles and locations he
    creates an “imaginary club”, a co-existence of diverse styles that define themselves by
    the way in which they diverge from mainstream society. The fact that the portraits were
    created in Europe, the U.S. and Japan indicates how the shadowy apparitions of subcultures
    propagate themselves and are modified in the globalized pop underground.
    Florian Ebner, Museum Folkwang

  • For many years Oliver Sieber has been asking young people to appear before his
    camera, people whose clothing is associated with a specific subculture, be it punk, skin,
    teddy boy, rockabilly, goth, etc. Many are extravagantly styled, yet while sometimes the
    look is an elaborate act, other times an individual figure’s appearance strikes the artist’s
    interest. Despite the narrow frame and the precision of the photographic depiction, the
    form of Sieber’s portraits lends the models a certain freedom. Seemingly lost in their
    thoughts, staring into the distance, they exude an autonomy, a presence within themselves
    at the moment when the image is made. This freedom also corresponds to the
    manner in which Sieber displays the pictures in the most recent presentation of his work.
    In Imaginary Club the figures are not arranged according to types, instead the photographer
    combines the images of different color series with black and white shots of
    street scenes or concerts. In these juxtapositions of different styles and locations he
    creates an “imaginary club”, a co-existence of diverse styles that define themselves by
    the way in which they diverge from mainstream society. The fact that the portraits were
    created in Europe, the U.S. and Japan indicates how the shadowy apparitions of subcultures
    propagate themselves and are modified in the globalized pop underground.
    Florian Ebner, Museum Folkwang

  • For many years Oliver Sieber has been asking young people to appear before his
    camera, people whose clothing is associated with a specific subculture, be it punk, skin,
    teddy boy, rockabilly, goth, etc. Many are extravagantly styled, yet while sometimes the
    look is an elaborate act, other times an individual figure’s appearance strikes the artist’s
    interest. Despite the narrow frame and the precision of the photographic depiction, the
    form of Sieber’s portraits lends the models a certain freedom. Seemingly lost in their
    thoughts, staring into the distance, they exude an autonomy, a presence within themselves
    at the moment when the image is made. This freedom also corresponds to the
    manner in which Sieber displays the pictures in the most recent presentation of his work.
    In Imaginary Club the figures are not arranged according to types, instead the photographer
    combines the images of different color series with black and white shots of
    street scenes or concerts. In these juxtapositions of different styles and locations he
    creates an “imaginary club”, a co-existence of diverse styles that define themselves by
    the way in which they diverge from mainstream society. The fact that the portraits were
    created in Europe, the U.S. and Japan indicates how the shadowy apparitions of subcultures
    propagate themselves and are modified in the globalized pop underground.
    Florian Ebner, Museum Folkwang

  • For many years Oliver Sieber has been asking young people to appear before his
    camera, people whose clothing is associated with a specific subculture, be it punk, skin,
    teddy boy, rockabilly, goth, etc. Many are extravagantly styled, yet while sometimes the
    look is an elaborate act, other times an individual figure’s appearance strikes the artist’s
    interest. Despite the narrow frame and the precision of the photographic depiction, the
    form of Sieber’s portraits lends the models a certain freedom. Seemingly lost in their
    thoughts, staring into the distance, they exude an autonomy, a presence within themselves
    at the moment when the image is made. This freedom also corresponds to the
    manner in which Sieber displays the pictures in the most recent presentation of his work.
    In Imaginary Club the figures are not arranged according to types, instead the photographer
    combines the images of different color series with black and white shots of
    street scenes or concerts. In these juxtapositions of different styles and locations he
    creates an “imaginary club”, a co-existence of diverse styles that define themselves by
    the way in which they diverge from mainstream society. The fact that the portraits were
    created in Europe, the U.S. and Japan indicates how the shadowy apparitions of subcultures
    propagate themselves and are modified in the globalized pop underground.
    Florian Ebner, Museum Folkwang

  • For many years Oliver Sieber has been asking young people to appear before his
    camera, people whose clothing is associated with a specific subculture, be it punk, skin,
    teddy boy, rockabilly, goth, etc. Many are extravagantly styled, yet while sometimes the
    look is an elaborate act, other times an individual figure’s appearance strikes the artist’s
    interest. Despite the narrow frame and the precision of the photographic depiction, the
    form of Sieber’s portraits lends the models a certain freedom. Seemingly lost in their
    thoughts, staring into the distance, they exude an autonomy, a presence within themselves
    at the moment when the image is made. This freedom also corresponds to the
    manner in which Sieber displays the pictures in the most recent presentation of his work.
    In Imaginary Club the figures are not arranged according to types, instead the photographer
    combines the images of different color series with black and white shots of
    street scenes or concerts. In these juxtapositions of different styles and locations he
    creates an “imaginary club”, a co-existence of diverse styles that define themselves by
    the way in which they diverge from mainstream society. The fact that the portraits were
    created in Europe, the U.S. and Japan indicates how the shadowy apparitions of subcultures
    propagate themselves and are modified in the globalized pop underground.
    Florian Ebner, Museum Folkwang

  • For many years Oliver Sieber has been asking young people to appear before his
    camera, people whose clothing is associated with a specific subculture, be it punk, skin,
    teddy boy, rockabilly, goth, etc. Many are extravagantly styled, yet while sometimes the
    look is an elaborate act, other times an individual figure’s appearance strikes the artist’s
    interest. Despite the narrow frame and the precision of the photographic depiction, the
    form of Sieber’s portraits lends the models a certain freedom. Seemingly lost in their
    thoughts, staring into the distance, they exude an autonomy, a presence within themselves
    at the moment when the image is made. This freedom also corresponds to the
    manner in which Sieber displays the pictures in the most recent presentation of his work.
    In Imaginary Club the figures are not arranged according to types, instead the photographer
    combines the images of different color series with black and white shots of
    street scenes or concerts. In these juxtapositions of different styles and locations he
    creates an “imaginary club”, a co-existence of diverse styles that define themselves by
    the way in which they diverge from mainstream society. The fact that the portraits were
    created in Europe, the U.S. and Japan indicates how the shadowy apparitions of subcultures
    propagate themselves and are modified in the globalized pop underground.
    Florian Ebner, Museum Folkwang

  • For many years Oliver Sieber has been asking young people to appear before his
    camera, people whose clothing is associated with a specific subculture, be it punk, skin,
    teddy boy, rockabilly, goth, etc. Many are extravagantly styled, yet while sometimes the
    look is an elaborate act, other times an individual figure’s appearance strikes the artist’s
    interest. Despite the narrow frame and the precision of the photographic depiction, the
    form of Sieber’s portraits lends the models a certain freedom. Seemingly lost in their
    thoughts, staring into the distance, they exude an autonomy, a presence within themselves
    at the moment when the image is made. This freedom also corresponds to the
    manner in which Sieber displays the pictures in the most recent presentation of his work.
    In Imaginary Club the figures are not arranged according to types, instead the photographer
    combines the images of different color series with black and white shots of
    street scenes or concerts. In these juxtapositions of different styles and locations he
    creates an “imaginary club”, a co-existence of diverse styles that define themselves by
    the way in which they diverge from mainstream society. The fact that the portraits were
    created in Europe, the U.S. and Japan indicates how the shadowy apparitions of subcultures
    propagate themselves and are modified in the globalized pop underground.
    Florian Ebner, Museum Folkwang

  • For many years Oliver Sieber has been asking young people to appear before his
    camera, people whose clothing is associated with a specific subculture, be it punk, skin,
    teddy boy, rockabilly, goth, etc. Many are extravagantly styled, yet while sometimes the
    look is an elaborate act, other times an individual figure’s appearance strikes the artist’s
    interest. Despite the narrow frame and the precision of the photographic depiction, the
    form of Sieber’s portraits lends the models a certain freedom. Seemingly lost in their
    thoughts, staring into the distance, they exude an autonomy, a presence within themselves
    at the moment when the image is made. This freedom also corresponds to the
    manner in which Sieber displays the pictures in the most recent presentation of his work.
    In Imaginary Club the figures are not arranged according to types, instead the photographer
    combines the images of different color series with black and white shots of
    street scenes or concerts. In these juxtapositions of different styles and locations he
    creates an “imaginary club”, a co-existence of diverse styles that define themselves by
    the way in which they diverge from mainstream society. The fact that the portraits were
    created in Europe, the U.S. and Japan indicates how the shadowy apparitions of subcultures
    propagate themselves and are modified in the globalized pop underground.
    Florian Ebner, Museum Folkwang

  • For many years Oliver Sieber has been asking young people to appear before his
    camera, people whose clothing is associated with a specific subculture, be it punk, skin,
    teddy boy, rockabilly, goth, etc. Many are extravagantly styled, yet while sometimes the
    look is an elaborate act, other times an individual figure’s appearance strikes the artist’s
    interest. Despite the narrow frame and the precision of the photographic depiction, the
    form of Sieber’s portraits lends the models a certain freedom. Seemingly lost in their
    thoughts, staring into the distance, they exude an autonomy, a presence within themselves
    at the moment when the image is made. This freedom also corresponds to the
    manner in which Sieber displays the pictures in the most recent presentation of his work.
    In Imaginary Club the figures are not arranged according to types, instead the photographer
    combines the images of different color series with black and white shots of
    street scenes or concerts. In these juxtapositions of different styles and locations he
    creates an “imaginary club”, a co-existence of diverse styles that define themselves by
    the way in which they diverge from mainstream society. The fact that the portraits were
    created in Europe, the U.S. and Japan indicates how the shadowy apparitions of subcultures
    propagate themselves and are modified in the globalized pop underground.
    Florian Ebner, Museum Folkwang

  • For many years Oliver Sieber has been asking young people to appear before his
    camera, people whose clothing is associated with a specific subculture, be it punk, skin,
    teddy boy, rockabilly, goth, etc. Many are extravagantly styled, yet while sometimes the
    look is an elaborate act, other times an individual figure’s appearance strikes the artist’s
    interest. Despite the narrow frame and the precision of the photographic depiction, the
    form of Sieber’s portraits lends the models a certain freedom. Seemingly lost in their
    thoughts, staring into the distance, they exude an autonomy, a presence within themselves
    at the moment when the image is made. This freedom also corresponds to the
    manner in which Sieber displays the pictures in the most recent presentation of his work.
    In Imaginary Club the figures are not arranged according to types, instead the photographer
    combines the images of different color series with black and white shots of
    street scenes or concerts. In these juxtapositions of different styles and locations he
    creates an “imaginary club”, a co-existence of diverse styles that define themselves by
    the way in which they diverge from mainstream society. The fact that the portraits were
    created in Europe, the U.S. and Japan indicates how the shadowy apparitions of subcultures
    propagate themselves and are modified in the globalized pop underground.
    Florian Ebner, Museum Folkwang

  • For many years Oliver Sieber has been asking young people to appear before his
    camera, people whose clothing is associated with a specific subculture, be it punk, skin,
    teddy boy, rockabilly, goth, etc. Many are extravagantly styled, yet while sometimes the
    look is an elaborate act, other times an individual figure’s appearance strikes the artist’s
    interest. Despite the narrow frame and the precision of the photographic depiction, the
    form of Sieber’s portraits lends the models a certain freedom. Seemingly lost in their
    thoughts, staring into the distance, they exude an autonomy, a presence within themselves
    at the moment when the image is made. This freedom also corresponds to the
    manner in which Sieber displays the pictures in the most recent presentation of his work.
    In Imaginary Club the figures are not arranged according to types, instead the photographer
    combines the images of different color series with black and white shots of
    street scenes or concerts. In these juxtapositions of different styles and locations he
    creates an “imaginary club”, a co-existence of diverse styles that define themselves by
    the way in which they diverge from mainstream society. The fact that the portraits were
    created in Europe, the U.S. and Japan indicates how the shadowy apparitions of subcultures
    propagate themselves and are modified in the globalized pop underground.
    Florian Ebner, Museum Folkwang

  • For many years Oliver Sieber has been asking young people to appear before his
    camera, people whose clothing is associated with a specific subculture, be it punk, skin,
    teddy boy, rockabilly, goth, etc. Many are extravagantly styled, yet while sometimes the
    look is an elaborate act, other times an individual figure’s appearance strikes the artist’s
    interest. Despite the narrow frame and the precision of the photographic depiction, the
    form of Sieber’s portraits lends the models a certain freedom. Seemingly lost in their
    thoughts, staring into the distance, they exude an autonomy, a presence within themselves
    at the moment when the image is made. This freedom also corresponds to the
    manner in which Sieber displays the pictures in the most recent presentation of his work.
    In Imaginary Club the figures are not arranged according to types, instead the photographer
    combines the images of different color series with black and white shots of
    street scenes or concerts. In these juxtapositions of different styles and locations he
    creates an “imaginary club”, a co-existence of diverse styles that define themselves by
    the way in which they diverge from mainstream society. The fact that the portraits were
    created in Europe, the U.S. and Japan indicates how the shadowy apparitions of subcultures
    propagate themselves and are modified in the globalized pop underground.
    Florian Ebner, Museum Folkwang

  • For many years Oliver Sieber has been asking young people to appear before his
    camera, people whose clothing is associated with a specific subculture, be it punk, skin,
    teddy boy, rockabilly, goth, etc. Many are extravagantly styled, yet while sometimes the
    look is an elaborate act, other times an individual figure’s appearance strikes the artist’s
    interest. Despite the narrow frame and the precision of the photographic depiction, the
    form of Sieber’s portraits lends the models a certain freedom. Seemingly lost in their
    thoughts, staring into the distance, they exude an autonomy, a presence within themselves
    at the moment when the image is made. This freedom also corresponds to the
    manner in which Sieber displays the pictures in the most recent presentation of his work.
    In Imaginary Club the figures are not arranged according to types, instead the photographer
    combines the images of different color series with black and white shots of
    street scenes or concerts. In these juxtapositions of different styles and locations he
    creates an “imaginary club”, a co-existence of diverse styles that define themselves by
    the way in which they diverge from mainstream society. The fact that the portraits were
    created in Europe, the U.S. and Japan indicates how the shadowy apparitions of subcultures
    propagate themselves and are modified in the globalized pop underground.
    Florian Ebner, Museum Folkwang

  • For many years Oliver Sieber has been asking young people to appear before his
    camera, people whose clothing is associated with a specific subculture, be it punk, skin,
    teddy boy, rockabilly, goth, etc. Many are extravagantly styled, yet while sometimes the
    look is an elaborate act, other times an individual figure’s appearance strikes the artist’s
    interest. Despite the narrow frame and the precision of the photographic depiction, the
    form of Sieber’s portraits lends the models a certain freedom. Seemingly lost in their
    thoughts, staring into the distance, they exude an autonomy, a presence within themselves
    at the moment when the image is made. This freedom also corresponds to the
    manner in which Sieber displays the pictures in the most recent presentation of his work.
    In Imaginary Club the figures are not arranged according to types, instead the photographer
    combines the images of different color series with black and white shots of
    street scenes or concerts. In these juxtapositions of different styles and locations he
    creates an “imaginary club”, a co-existence of diverse styles that define themselves by
    the way in which they diverge from mainstream society. The fact that the portraits were
    created in Europe, the U.S. and Japan indicates how the shadowy apparitions of subcultures
    propagate themselves and are modified in the globalized pop underground.
    Florian Ebner, Museum Folkwang

  • For many years Oliver Sieber has been asking young people to appear before his
    camera, people whose clothing is associated with a specific subculture, be it punk, skin,
    teddy boy, rockabilly, goth, etc. Many are extravagantly styled, yet while sometimes the
    look is an elaborate act, other times an individual figure’s appearance strikes the artist’s
    interest. Despite the narrow frame and the precision of the photographic depiction, the
    form of Sieber’s portraits lends the models a certain freedom. Seemingly lost in their
    thoughts, staring into the distance, they exude an autonomy, a presence within themselves
    at the moment when the image is made. This freedom also corresponds to the
    manner in which Sieber displays the pictures in the most recent presentation of his work.
    In Imaginary Club the figures are not arranged according to types, instead the photographer
    combines the images of different color series with black and white shots of
    street scenes or concerts. In these juxtapositions of different styles and locations he
    creates an “imaginary club”, a co-existence of diverse styles that define themselves by
    the way in which they diverge from mainstream society. The fact that the portraits were
    created in Europe, the U.S. and Japan indicates how the shadowy apparitions of subcultures
    propagate themselves and are modified in the globalized pop underground.
    Florian Ebner, Museum Folkwang


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