Album

Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf 2018
Herr Williams, Düsseldorf 2002; Kleiner Junge, Düsseldorf 2002;
Punk, Düsseldorf 2004

Herr Williams« Düsseldorf 2002; pigment print, 100 cm x 80 cm in artist’s frame
edition of 8

Kathi« Düsseldorf 2003; pigment rint, 100 cm x 80 cm in artist’s frame
edition of 8

[…] Wie alle anderen Skulpturen Duane Hansons ist auch diese Skulptur in den Museumsraum transferiert, in dem sie offensichtlich nicht zu Hause ist. Eine solche De-Kontextualisierung, die einen neuen Blick auf scheinbar Vertrautes erzwingt, nimmt auch Olive Sieber in seiner Fotoserie Album vor. In dieser fotografiert er Menschen – häufig sind es Schnappschüsse, die bestimmte Posen einfangen – aus seiner Lebenswirklichkeit , stellt sie frei und überträgt sie dann in separat fotografierte Museumsräume. Vor diesem neutralen Hintergrund wirkt etwa Kathi auf einmal wie eine Skulptur von Hanson, weil sie in ihrer Bewegung für immer festgefroren ist. Die Wirkung, die von präziser realistischer Erfassung bei gleichzeitiger Lösung aus vertrauten Bedingungen ausgeht, hilft beim Erfassen soziologischer Zusammenhänge und zwingt dazu, sich auf das zu konzentrieren, was übrig bleibt, wenn der Mensch isoliert der Betrachtung preisgegeben ist. Die Fotografien weisen zugleich darauf hin, wie sich die Wahrnehmung durch die Verwandlung von Dreidimensionalität ins Zweidimensionale reduziert.

Kerstin Stremmel in: Realismus, Taschen 2004 S.56

Oliver Sieber, Album 2019
124 foldout pages, 66 colour images, 26,5 cm x 22 cm, digital offset print on natural paper, stapelbound, softcover, published by Böhm  Kobayashi
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Mizuuchi« Düsseldorf 2012; pigment print, 100 cm x 140 cm
edition of 5

Questioning Photography« Chongqing 2018; pigment print, 100 cm x 140 cm
edition of 5

Wolfen 4« Düsseldorf 2008; pigment print, 100 cm x 140 cm
edition of 5

Q. and A. with Sharifa Jamaldin, Baby Magazine

What is Album about?
For some years now I’ve been working on the portrayal of people in photography. Basically I am looking for people who are not, as I see it, public but whose presence is important for the diversity of my everyday life .
„Album“. The method resembles that of journalistic photography where people often don’t even realize that they have had their picture taken. In this work I was
interested in the relation between sculpture and photography. Here photography ewokes the illusion of a real sculpture – the impression of a three dimensional object in the two dimensional photography is just a deception.
What is the process for getting one image? did you take a picture in a studio, did you take pictures outside? did you take pictures openly or did you hide somewhere? What is best location to find people ?
I take the pictures in a lot of places. I take potographs in the streets, while people waiting at a red light for example, at openings, on concerts , in the supermarket, fleemarkets, livingrooms, … etc. Sometimes they know it sometimes they don’t.
How long does it take to work on computer?
That depends on the situation where I took the picture, sometimes it is easier
and done in an hour sometimes i need two two days.
Why is the background grey, why two shades of grey?
After taking the picture of a person, I cut it out and put it into a photo of a museumspace. It is not a generated room but a real one.
Who are they? What do they do? What makes each one significant?
or
What makes them ordinary?
I started to photograph people who seemed interesting to me (because of certain situations, looks or other connections) It is interesting to see what stays (for example of a gesture) if the person is put out of the original context.
What do you think about celebrity culture?
How we are fascinated by them?
In my work celebrity does not exist. I like to focus on the fragile little things beside the massmedimachinery. With all my portraitseries I am constructing a society surrounding me and that affecting me personally.

Blonder Junge« Düsseldorf 2004; pigment print, 100 cm x 80 cm in artist’s frame
edition of 8

Touristin« Chongqing 2018; pigment rint, 100 cm x 80 cm in artist’s frame
edition of 8

Louise« Düsseldorf 2012; pigment print, 100 cm x 80 cm in artist’s frame
edition of 8

Exhibitions (selection):
2018: DIE GROSSE« Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf [G]
2018: Questioning Photography« Galaxy Art Museum, Chongqing [G]
2004: Madame Réalité« E-Werk-Hallen für Kunst, Freiburg [G]