Jan Stradtmann
was born 1976 in Wittenberg, Germany. He currently lives and works in Berlin.

Belgravia (2008/2012)

Just as the name of the Porsche brand, Belgravia, one of the richest parts of London, stands for wealth and high living standard, financial power, potency and strength. The typological layout of the series picks up on the recurring situation on the streets of Belgravia. Each of the six photos shows a parked Porsche in front of an upper class home with the same fences and doorways.The serial representation of the scene undermines the distinctiveness that usually comes with the possession of a Porsche. Instead of displaying the individuality and taste of its owner, it here dissolves into a reiterated sign emptied out of its original meaning. Photographing the Porsches by night turns them into relict-like pieces integrated in the setting of antiquely adorned columns and spearhead-fences which recall better times.

The series Belgravia consists of 6 photographs (all LightJet prints, each 80 x 73 cm, framed, edition of 5) and a typeface logo on glass.

Website: www.janstradtmann.de


2006 – 2007 MA Photographic Studies at University of Westminster/School of Media, Arts and Design, London, with Prof. Mitra Tabrizian, Dr. David Bate
1997 – 2004 Communication Design at University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany, with Prof. G. Scheidler, Prof. Zaki Omar

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2012 Mondialisation mon amour, together with Edith Roux, Le bleu du ciel, Lyon
2012 Garden of Eden / Belgravia, Bloo Gallery, Rome

Group Exhibitions (selection)

2012 Residual Traces, Photofusion Gallery, London
2012 The World in London, The Photographers Gallery, London
2012 7th Darmstaedter Tage der Fotografie, Darmstadt, Germany
2011 Woodland, Pavlov‘s Dog, Berlin
2011 The FACE. Evolution of Portrait in Photography, touring exhibition through Russia
2011 Mostyn Open, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales, UK
2010 6th Koerber-Foto-Award, House of Photography/Deichtorhallen, Hamburg
2010 9th Aenne-Biermann-Prize, MUSAK, Gera, Germany
2009 DAADADA, DAAD Scholarship Holders, Ada Street Gallery, London
2009 F/Stop, 3rd International Photography Festival, Leipzig, Germany
2008 AMPS/08, Photofusion Gallery, London
2008 freshfacedandwildeyed 08, The Photographers Gallery, London
2007 Allotment, Seven Seven Contemporary Art, London
2007 Stopover, DAAD Scholarship Holders, Ada Street Gallery, London

Grants/Awards (selection)

2010 nominated for the 6th Koerber-Foto-Award, Koerber Foundation, Hamburg
2010 9th Aenne-Biermann-Prize, Gera, Germany, second price winner
2010 Artist-in-Residence at quartier21, MuseumsQuartier Vienna, Austria
2009 Flash Forward, Magenta Foundation Emerging Photographers, Toronto, Canada, UK winner
2008 Project Grant, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) for Great Britain
2007 Nikon Discovery Awards, shortlist winner
2006 – 2007 Postgraduate Grant, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) for the academic year
2006/2007 in Great Britain

Publications (selection)

2012 Month of Photography, Vienna, catalogue
2012 The Art of Dissent: Adventures in London‘s Olympic State, Marshgate Press, London
2012 7th Darmstaedter Tage der Fotografie, Darmstadt, Germany, catalogue
2010 6th Koerber-Foto-Award, Koerber Foundation, catalogue
2010 9th Aenne-Biermann-Prize, catalogue
2009 DAADADA, DAAD Scholarship holders, catalogue
2009 F/Stop, 3rd International Photography Festival, catalogue
2009 Photonews 05.2009, portfolio of the series Garden of Eden
2008 Flash Forward 2008, Magenta Foundation, catalogue
2008 Camera Austria 102/2008, Jamais Vu, Forum