Annemie Martin & Jana Kießer
– On potato-roses and burning treetops
A photographic conversation in self-isolation with thoughts, memories, and dreams. Annemie Martin and Jana Kießer are two photographers and friends from Berlin, Germany. In March 2020 they started an ongoing photographic conversation, although they are currently 806 kilometers apart. While Annemie resides with her partner and their child at her grandmother‘s house on an island in Lake Constance, Germany, Jana commutes between her shared flat in Kreuzberg and her partner’s one- room apartment in Berlin-Reinickendorf.
Amid a worldwide pandemic, how are we experiencing this time while being in the countryside or while staying in the city? The two photographers are reflecting on the current situation by communicating through associative images; through them, they see and interpret the feelings and places of one another. Despite the physical distance, they are connected through the new story they are creating.
Annemie Martin was born in Radolfzell, Germany in 1990 and Jana Kießer was born in Hersbruck, Germany in 1989. Both are graduates of Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie in Berlin and freelance photographers. Their works have been shown, awarded and shortlisted, among others at the Triennale der Fotografie Hamburg, the Rencontres photographiques de Montpellier, the Goethe-Institut London, the Willy-Brandt-Haus, Berlin, the German Photobook Prize and the Kassel Dummy Award. Besides their solo projects, Martin and Kießer have been working as an artist duo since 2020.