Double Bound Economies

“Double Bound Economies” is about reading an East German photo archive. This non-institutional archive was created between 1967 and 1990 by the freelance photographer Reinhard Mende, who was commissioned by various GDR combines and the trade fair in Leipzig. “Double Bound Economies” takes the proclamation of internationalism of the socialist production as starting point to thematize its economies, schizophrenia, gestures, contradictions, as well as its staged images, spaces and displays.

The exhibition shows artistic interventions into the archive and contributions by Tekle Belete, KP Brehmer, Seiichi Furuya, Allan Sekula, Noël Burch, Olaf Nicolai and The Otolith Group. “Double Bound Economies” is curated by Estelle Blaschke, Armin Linke und Doreen Mende.

Further information.

Reinhard Mende, 04439_05, Vertreterempfang in Falstaff, Rundgang Minister Mozambique, 16.03.1978
Reinhard Mende, rm_00080C_08, Zella Mehlis RG 5, 08.06.1971
Reinhard Mende, rm_03678_06 Omega, 06.02.1976
The Otolith Group, Communists Like Us, 2006/2010, Film, 23 min
Reinhard Mende, Gelatin silver prints, 1973-1984, 65 x 55 cm (each)
Tekle Belete, various photographs, 1965-1991
PRODUZIEREN with Fabian Bechtle, various interviews, 2010-2013 (ongoing)
AKA Electric, brochures, 1970s
Installation view, Double Bound Economies, Galerie Thomas Fischer, 2013