Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber

You and Me


Katja Stuke‘s and Oliver Sieber‘s collaborative project You and Me started with the history of Indira, a Bosnian-born refugee who lived in Düsseldorf in the 90s before moving to the USA.


The connection between Bosnia, Germany and the USA due to war, religion, leaving, home or homelessness: Katja Stuke and Oliver Sieber also ask questions about their own relationship to these topic, asking what they have been doing in Germany during the war in Bosnia, tried to find their own place in the cities they travelled to; they found other people and stories on their trip: a perspective to the present situation and to the future. They found so many different connection between the three countries through military and politics but also through music, pop culture, movies; and they found some connection to photography and photo history through the Susan Sontag Square in Sarajevo.


Landscape photographs, black/white and colour images, taken with several different cameras, using different photographic technologie and material. The photographs are taken by Katja Stuke and Oliver Sieber, not revealing the authorship of each single image and made possible through the support of the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago.


Katja Stuke e Oliver Sieber’s project is part of the group exhibition Dalla via Emilia al mondo,  curated by Diane Dufour, Elio Grazioli and Walter Guadagnini.

Dalla via Emilia al mondo

The theme of Fotografia Europea 2016 opens to the world in the venue of Palazzo da Mosto with the collective exhibition Dalla via Emilia al mondo (From the via Emilia to the World).

Room after room, the work ranges from high quality photojournalism to the most creative approach introducing topical themes, from a lyrical gaze to a more engaged position. The artists tackle the dramatic aspect of borders, those which are marked and those less visible but still evident. Here, the social, political, and human themes take precedence, recounted primarily by non-Italian artists: Ziad Antar, Paola De Pietri, Gulnara Kasmalieva & Muratbek Djumaliev, Kent Klich, Bettina Lockemann, Maanantai Collective, Michael Najjar, Paolo Pellegrin, Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber.


Katja Stuke (Telgte, Germania, 1968) and Oliver Sieber (Düsseldorf, Germania, 1966) are curators and exhibition organizers, designers and art book editors. Yet as they move through their photographic cosmos, it is not always so easy to determine where one identity ends and the other begins. Regardless, in their works and activities as artists and art facilitators they have long since become moderators of a very specific photographic culture.

Their work has been presented in numerous collaborative exhibitions including: Photomuseum Braunschweig 2011; Kunsthalle Bremen, 2013; Fotomuseum Winterthur and Folkwang Museum Essen, 2014; MoCP, Chicago, 2015, Stadtmuseum München 2015 and Kunstmuseum Bonn 2016.

They have been invited to take part in different art residencies programs: Goethe Institut, Toronto, 2005; ArtEx Osaka 2006, Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, 2013; Cité International des Arts, Paris, 2015.


7 May 11 am, Palazzo Da Mosto

ASK THE ARTIST: From the via Emilia to the World

with Ziad Antar, Maanantai Collective, Paola De Pietri, Gulnara Kasmalieva & Muratbek Djumaliev, Kent Klich, Michael Najjar, Paolo Pellegrin, Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber.

The artists answer at questions by public.


7 May 5 pm, Chiostri di San Pietro

You and Me. Presentation of Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber’s photobook. With the authors and Renata Ferri


8 May 10.30 am, Teatro Cavallerizza

LECTURE: From the via Emilia to the World

Diane Dufour, Elio Grazioli e Walter Guadagnini talks with the artists Ziad Antar, Maanantai Collective, Paola De Pietri, Gulnara Kasmalieva & Muratbek Djumaliev, Kent Klich, Michael Najjar, Paolo Pellegrin, Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber


Palazzo da Mosto
via Mari, 7
42121 Reggio Emilia



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