Kira Bunse

Kira Bunse (b. 1979, Braunschweig) lives and works in Paris.
She mainly works as a photographer in the field of fashion, primarily with young models. Her own artistic work is also regularly devoted to the attitude towards life shown by adolescents and youths. She often addresses aspects of youthful physicality and sexuality. Generation-specific musical influences also play an important role as a mode of expression and as a catalyst.

 Przystanek Woodstock

Kira Bunse - Przystanek Woodstock

8 July—26 August 2017
Opening: Saturday, 8 July 2017, 6—9 pm


With the exhibition Przystanek Woodstock at ITALIC, Bunse shows selected works from a series that was created in Summer 2013 at the free rock and independent music festival of the same name in the Polish town of Kostrzyn nad Odrą.


The analogue black-and-white photographs, consistently printed in the same portrait or landscape format, appear as snapshots of the seemingly carefree activities of the young festival attendees. Alternating between documentary observation and a conscious aestheticization of the subjects, the images point to the special relationship between the photographer and the protagonists she has discovered on location. Supported by the social dynamics of the music festival, Bunse succeeds in capturing very special, intimate moments in this liberated atmosphere.

In the tradition of Diane Arbus or Nan Goldin, her images of the young people at the festival can also be seen as social portraits, in which those who are generally not perceived as such become the main actors.

Text: Philipp Fürnkäs

Kira Bunse, Przystanek Woodstock, Installation view, 2017, Italic Berlin

Kira Bunse, Przystanek Woodstock, Installation view, 2017, Italic Berlin

Kira Bunse, Przystanek Woodstock, Installation view, 2017, Italic Berlin

Works

Kira Bunse, Untitled, 2013/17, b/w photography, baryta paper, each 40 x 50 cm

Kira Bunse, Untitled, 2013/17, b/w photography, baryta paper, each 50 x 40 cm

Edition

Kira Bunse

Untitled (Mudgirls)

Regular price €640,00

Published on the occasion of the exhibition Przystanek Woodstock.

2 x analog C-print,
40 x 30 cm each,
signed, numbered,
2013/2017,
Edition 10+1 AP

The artwork is sold unframed.

Traveling Light

Kira Bunse - Traveling Light
16 November 2019—18 Januar 2020
Opening: Saturday, 16 November 2019, 7—10 pm


Traveling Light is her second exhibition at ITALIC. The photographs are analogue; in fast fashion she usually has to work digitally, for editorials or free works she carries an analogue camera with her. Kira Bunse has selected photographs from the last two years and located them spatially and temporally in the title, from Los Angeles 2017 to São Paulo 2019. All the works shown are hand prints directly from the negative.

Kira Bunse looks into living and working spaces, and out into the stagings of human hands that we call nature. People can hardly be seen, their traces can. They themselves are far away in the distance, appear briefly, disappear in a bay, escape in a car. They are excerpts, snapshots, taken on journeys. The pictures open up an ambivalent tension: were the motifs deliberately sought or do we see snapshots along the way? Casualness? - there's no getting lost: there's nothing incidental here: Kira Bunse's gaze is precise.

Kira Bunse looks at arrangements in space, at geometries, objects and colours, the pictures radiate a calm, a calming, an ingenious coordinated palette, not too colourful, not too pale, not too sharp and not too soft, she sets the frame, pushes the trigger, there is no wrong moment, coincidence and surprise already, often perhaps only in the laboratory when she examines her yield; but she knows that poison will not be present, because when and where she pushes the trigger: her view of the motif is always a loving one.

Text: Andreas Reihse

Kira Bunse, Traveling Light, Installation view, 2019/20, Italic Berlin

Works

São Paulo 2019, Analog photo print, Fujicolor chrystal archive paper DP II, Tirage exposition argentique (handprint), 40 x 50 cm, Ed. 3+1 AP, 2019

Filicudi 2019, Analog photo print, Fujicolor chrystal archive paper DP II, Tirage exposition argentique (handprint), 50 x 60 cm, Ed. 3+1 AP, 2019

São Paulo 2019, Analog photo print, Fujicolor chrystal archive paper DP II, Tirage exposition argentique (handprint), 40 x 50 cm, Ed. 3+1 AP, 2019

São Paulo 2019, Analog photo print, Fujicolor chrystal archive paper DP II, Tirage exposition argentique (handprint), 40 x 50 cm, Ed. 3+1 AP, 2019

Teneriffa 2019, Analog photo print, Fujicolor chrystal archive paper DP II, Tirage exposition argentique (handprint), 50 x 60 cm, Ed. 3+1 AP, 2019

Los Angeles 2017, Analog photo print, Fujicolor chrystal archive paper DP II, Tirage exposition argentique (handprint), 40 x 50 cm, Ed. 3+1 AP, 2019

Los Angeles 2017, Analog photo print, Fujicolor chrystal archive paper DP II, Tirage exposition argentique (handprint), 40 x 50 cm, Ed. 3+1 AP, 2019

Île Du Levant 2019, Analog photo print, Fujicolor chrystal archive paper DP II, Tirage exposition argentique (handprint), 60 x 90 cm, Ed. 3+1 AP, 2019

Edition

Kira Bunse

Île Du Levant 2019

Regular price €357,00

Published on the occasion of the exhibition Traveling Light.

Analog photo print,
Fujicolor chrystal archive paper DP II,
Tirage exposition argentique (handprint),
40 x 30 cm, signed and numbered, 2019,
Edition 10 + 1 AP

The artwork is sold unframed.

Gold

Stabil Elite - Gold
A film by Kira Bunse,
Edited by Roman Szczesny,

3:46 min, 2011, Germany

Mellow

Stabil Elite - Mellow
Directed by Kira Bunse
Edited by Nikolai Szymanski

3:41 min, 2016, Germany

Trouble Exposure

Kira Bunse

Trouble Exposures

Regular price €23,00

Artist: Kira Bunse
Title: Trouble Exposures
Format: Book
Language: German, 32 pages, 20 Images
Size: 20 x 25 cm, Brochure
ISBN: 978-3-942680-16-5
Published by Strzelecki Books, 2011

More than one year after a shooting, fashion photographer Kira Bunse discovers two forgotten Polaroids in her camera. Instead of pulling them out, she exposes the material again - and is fascinated by the creative potential of the multiple-exposed images. What arose by chance grows into a new unit of work: double exposures, in which foreground and background, models and environments overlap in many ways and confuse the quick perception: trouble exposures. The models in her fashion series step out of the commercial context and find themselves in supposedly unconnected situations. What is it that merges with a male body? An unplastered wall, a hint of a row of houses, the seashore, a bed sheet? Anyone looking at Kira Bunse's trouble exposures is seduced to take a closer look and experiences how complex layers of motifs elude definition. Things stand on their heads, stone patterns, light reflections and naked skin overlap in palimpsest-like compression. A poetry of layers and traces emerges, whose appeal lies in the stubborn combination of photographic precision and random coincidence.